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1. the difference between the upper and lower limits of a variable or of a series of values.
2. an interval in which values sampled from a population, or the values in the population itself, are known to lie.
range of accommodation the total amount of accommodative power of the eye; the difference in refractive power of the eye when adjusted for near and for far vision. The amplitude diminishes as age increases because elasticity of the lens is decreased.
range of audibility the range between the extreme frequencies of sound waves beyond which the human ear perceives no sound: lower limit, 16 to 20 cycles per second; upper limit, 18,000 to 20,000 cycles per second.
range of motion the range, measured in degrees of a circle, through which a joint can be extended and flexed; see also range of motion exercises.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

range of motion

Physical exam The range through which a joint can be moved, usually its range of flexion and extension, as determined by the type of joint, its articular surfaces, and that allowed by regional muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and physiologic control of movement across the joint
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

range of mo·tion

(ROM) (rānj mō'shŭn)
1. The measured beginning and terminal angles, as well as the total degrees of motion, traversed by a joint moved by active muscle contraction or by passive movement.
2. Joint movement (active, passive, or a combination of both) carried out to assess, preserve, or increase the arc of joint motion.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

Range of motion (ROM)

The range of motion of a joint from full extension to full flexion (bending) measured in degrees like a circle.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

range of mo·tion

(ROM) (rānj mō'shŭn)
The measured beginning and terminal angles and total degrees of motion, traversed by a joint moved by active muscle contraction or by passive movement.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about range of motion

Q. How do I gain range of motion after shoulder surgery I'm 31 years old and had a shoulder replacment last year. I still don't know why my joint gave out and 4 Orthopedic Surgeons couldn't tell me either. I have limited Range of Motion and the Dr. seems to think that because of my "age" I was less likley to get full range back. I refuse to believe that, does anyone have any suggestions on how to gain ROM back?

A. i guess you go to physiotherapy no?
that is their job. to give you range of motion after injuries, surgeries ect. they'll give you exercises specially for your condition. when i had an accident i broke my leg hip and i needed 2 months of physiotherapy that helped very much.

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While not significant, Charkravarty and Webley [15] reported a greater decline in range of motion in a group over the age of 75 years versus a group of 65-74 years, adding support to the trend for an accelerated decline in flexibility in the oldest old.
Based on Gajdosik et al (2005), a 5[degrees] change in knee extension range of motion was considered clinically significant, therefore for 80% power, [alpha] = 0.05, a sample size of 10 in each group was required to detect a difference of 5.5[degrees].
In order to become more mobile, look to increase the range of motion around joints that have less than favorable flexibility.
Obesity limits a patient's range of motion, extends the need for physical therapy, and prolongs the recovery period following total knee replacement, according to a study presented March 5 at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
A study at Missouri State University examined how stretching duration of hamstring flexibility affected the overall range of motion at the knee joint.