painful arc


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painful arc

A portion of the range of motion in which pain is perceived during active movement of an extremity. Pain is usually due to pinching of soft tissues at only a specific portion of the range of motion and may be caused by tendonitis or bursitis.
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Park et al (2005) investigated combinations of the Hawkins-Kennedy, painful arc, and infraspinatus tests.
The hyperthermia group also showed significantly greater improvements on measures of resisted movement, painful arc, and Constant Morley functional assessment, an overall clinical assessment of the power of the subject's shoulder and his or her ability to perform normal tasks of daily living.
According to Cyriax, (14) a painful arc is the situation in which pain occurs during the midranges of joint movement.