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why can't I change the bulb?

A lot of the times, the reasons why someone comes to me with mobility issues are far from technical. It is usually a small observation like inability to change the bulb, hang clothes or pick a cup from the shelve. It is getting irritation at night while turning in bed or simply when driving. These might sound like minimal inconveniences but they are enough reasons to worry about ones functional capacity.

As clinicians, we decipher that as a problem with Range Of Motion (ROM).

The term "range of motion" (ROM) refers to the extent of movement that a joint or a combination of joints can move in a specific direction. It is a critical aspect of assessing and maintaining joint flexibility, mobility, and overall physical health.

Range of motion is commonly used in various contexts, including medical assessments, physical therapy, sports, and fitness training. The range of motion is typically measured in degrees and can vary between individuals and different joints. It is essential to have an adequate range of motion to perform daily activities and participate in physical activities without restrictions or pain.

There are two main types of range of motion:

Active Range of Motion (AROM): This refers to the movement produced by the individual's muscles actively contracting to move the joint through its range of motion. For example, lifting your arm overhead or bending your knee are examples of active movements.

Passive Range of Motion (PROM): In this case, the movement is provided

entirely by an external force, such as a physical therapist or a device, without the individual's active muscle contraction. Passive range of motion is often used in cases where the person is unable to move their joints actively due to injury, surgery, or neurological conditions.

Assessing and maintaining the range of motion is crucial for preventing injuries, improving joint function, and preserving overall physical health.

Physical therapists often use exercises and techniques to increase or maintain the range of motion in individuals with mobility issues. Additionally, athletes and fitness enthusiasts also work on their range of motion to enhance their performance and prevent muscle imbalances.

If you have noticed difficulty in movement and are interested in figuring out what is causing your limitation, visit us at Machakos Orthopedics Clinic for assessment and treatment to restore your functional capacity to optimal levels.

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