Inter- and Intrarater Reliability of a Back Range of Motion InstrumentBy Kachingwe, Aimie F., PT, EdD, OCS; Phillips, Beth J., PT, DPA; Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vol. 86, No. 12, pp. 2347-2353
Publication Date: December 2005
Study conducted to examine the interrater and intrarater reliability of a back range of motion instrument (BROM), which consists of two plastic units: (1) an inclinometer for measuring pelvic inclination and sagittal plane motions, and (2) a combination gravity goniometer/compass for side bending and rotational motions. A total of 91 people, including 61 women and 30 men with no current complaints of back pain participated in the study. Two examiners measured pelvic inclination and all lumbar motions via the BROM device. The results indicated that the BROM device provided a reliable means of measuring lumbar forward flexion, side bending, and pelvic inclination when performed by the same examiner in participants with no complaints of lower back pain. Implications for utilizing the system on participants who are currently experience back pain are discussed.
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