Why and how did I create this webpage?
I chose to do this project because I felt that this would be a beneficial supplement to the classes in which these techniques are taught. The textbooks are limited in that the pictures and especially the drawings of the tests are hard to distinguish and sometimes the proper testing procedure is difficult to decipher from them. With the digital camera I was able to take pictures of the tests as they are actually performed. From these pictures and the textbooks, write out what I felt to be a more easily understandable description of the proper techniques for executing Manual Muscle Testing and Goniometry.
I began with goniometry. I had someone take a picture of me performing each test in both the starting and ending position. I used markers to highlight the important anatomical landmarks which correspond to proper goniometer positioning. From these pictures and the text, I wrote the procedures for testing. I made sure to include patient positioning, both pre and posttest, patient instructions, goniometer alignment, the normal range of motion for each joint, and lastly the range of motion for the patient in the pictures.
For Manual Muscle Testing I had pictures taken of myself performing each test on a patient. I chose someone who was very well defined in musculature so that the muscle groups being tested could be seen in the pictures. So in most tests, while the therapist applies the resistance, the active muscles of the patient are visible. Pictures of the Grade 2-0 tests were also taken. I made sure to have accurate hand positioning in each test and palpate the correct muscle groups. In the paper I included origin, insertion, and nerve innervation of each muscle, patient position, and therapist and patient instructions. Instructions for performing the tests for Grades 2-0 and also where necessary the directions for alternate tests were included. Lastly, to put together the web page I used Microsoft FrontPage.
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