Digital photography for assessment of shoulder range of motion: a novel clinical and research tool
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O′Neill, BarryJ; O′Briain, David; Hirpara, KieranM; Shaughnesy, Michelle; Yeatman, ElizabethA; Kaar, TKenneth (2013). Digital photography for assessment of shoulder range of motion: a novel clinical and research tool. International Journal of Shoulder Surgery 7 (1), 23-27
Purpose: Maintenance of a pain-free functional range of motion is the aim of surgery for shoulder trauma. The aim of this study was to show that the range of motion can be accurately assessed using digital photographs. Materials and Methods: We reviewed 17 patients who had undergone surgery for shoulder trauma. Each patients range of motion was assessed by two physicians and two physiotherapists. Digital photographs were taken of each patient at their functional limit. Photographs were assessed by two physicians and two physiotherapists, and by an external physician who had no previous contact with the patients. Results: Inter-observer and intra-observer reliability trials showed excellent correlation of results. There was no significant difference between observers results, or between results of physical examination and photographic examination. Conclusions: Digital photography is a viable adjunct to assessment of range of motion of the shoulder. This has positive implications both clinically, and for shoulder research. Level of Evidence: Level 3.