Normative Values for Active Lumbar Range of Motion in Children

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Adequate Range of Motion (ROM) is necessary for maintenance of normal spinal movement patterns in the developing child. During the growth and maturation process, there forces that contributes to the shape of the individual vertebra which leads to changes in the posture and mobility of the mature spine. Patterns of change across the adult life span and the proposed reasons for these changes provide a valuable perspective for beginning exploration of spinal mobility in children. Quantifying spinal mobility is a important component of the physical therapy examination process for both adults and children who experience limited spinal mobility as the result of spinal disorders or injury.

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