Terms of Movement
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- bending, decreasing the angle between a joint joint angle is measured from 0° - to specific degrees of motion (example: elbow flexion of 90° is documented 0 °to 90°). Exceptions:
- Dorsiflexion – flexion of ankle toward the head (up); Plantar flexion – flexion of the ankle away from the head (down).
Straightening, increasing the angle in a joint.
moving away from the median plane (midline).
moving toward the median plane (midline).
turning (a part) along it’s longitudinal axis
movement of the distal end in a circular fashion
movement (of a part) superiorly (example: shrugging of the shoulders)
movement (of apart) inferiorly (example: opposite of elevation).
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