Gait Deviation Analysis

There are several great videos online regarding gait deviations. I would highly recommend watching these videos until you are able to recognize the slightest gait deviation. Below are several common deviations that should be well known and understood by any practitioner.

UCBL & Force Systems

The University of California Biomechanics Lab orthosis, better known as a UCBL orthosis has been commonly used to treat many disorders resulting from low tone. As of late I have been hearing much debate over the three point force systems at play. Many of these arguments have been correct because several three point force systems … Continue reading “UCBL & Force Systems”

Gait Weight Line Vectors

Remember before we had cell phones, we would actually memorize phone numbers! Memorizing phone numbers may be a thing of the past but this phone number you will want to remember. Stressing out over memorizing ground reaction forces throughout stance phase at the hip, knee, and ankle no more.Memorize this phone number below and you … Continue reading “Gait Weight Line Vectors”

Treatment of Humeral Fractures

Most commonly seen in the hospital setting humeral Fx are not the funnest thing to treat but they are rather simple. The below describes the proper treatment methods. Mid humeral Fx: Treated using a simply circumferential “Sarmiento” type orthosis. This simple brace is generally donned over a snug cotton stockinet that applies a very small amount … Continue reading “Treatment of Humeral Fractures”

Common Spinal Measurements

There are several spinal measurement forms available on the internet. They all might very slightly but they all consist of three types of measurements: lengths, M/Ls’, and circumferences. I would highly suggest that you memorize these as you may or may not be provided with a spinal orthometry form during the examination. It’s also very … Continue reading “Common Spinal Measurements”

Manual Muscle Testing

Please do not over think this section. Know how to test everything but especially with gravity presented. Do not over study this material like I did. This section is kept very brief. If you are desiring a detailed over view please utilize your text books. It is wise to go through all of these test … Continue reading “Manual Muscle Testing”

Range of Motion

Measurement Review: The goniometer will be the tool you will be required to use if asked to measure a patient’s ROM. So lets make sure you understand how to properly use the device before we begin. The goniometer is made up of an axis (the hinge), a stable arm, and the mobilizing arm. Axis (AX): The … Continue reading “Range of Motion”

Transtibial Socket Pressure

Understanding internal socket pressures is necessary to allow you to correlate areas of discomfort or irritation your patient may be experiencing. This will allow you to increase you patient’s comfort, prevent skin break down, and more evenly distribute socket pressure. Both in the real world and for examination purposes, it is very important to interview … Continue reading “Transtibial Socket Pressure”