Efficacy of Halo Digital Goniometer versus Conventional Goniometer for Assessing Range of Motion in Hip Joint

Hip joint is a synovial ball and socket joint with three degrees of freedom this joint provides great stability and less mobility the articulation is formed by acetabulum and the distal articulation is formed by head of femur. Conventionally the range of motion is assessed by using universal goniometer and after that various smartphone based applications which use sensors like accelerometer, magnetometer for range of motion assessment in recent years a digital goniometer is developed which uses laser, accelerometer and magnetometer for assessment of range of motion. The aim of our study is to compare the reliability and validity of universal goniometer versus halo digital goniometer for assessing the hip joint range of motion in healthy individuals. In this study total 30 individuals are enrolled who are assessed for the hip ROM with universal and halo digital goniometer on the same day. After data collection and statistical analysis, the result of the study will be concluded. They will give us the efficient tool for assessment of range of motion of the joints. On the basis of the data obtained conclusion will be drawn.

The hip joint's Range of Motion (ROM) is an important clinical parameter used in hip assessment. Hip flexion is one of the hip motions that can be measured with a goniometer. The goniometer can simply measure the joint angles. It has some limitations not allowing the clinician to analyse the ROM and track the hip joint during e.g. walking or maximum squat. Motion capture devices are mainly used to analyse the patient's gait and assess the condition of the joints and bones.

Author(s): Deepali Patil* and Om Wadhokar

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