Reliability of Clinical Assessment Methods to Measure Scapular Upward Rotation: A Critically Appraised Topic

Oliver Silverson, Nicole Cascia, Carolyn M. Hettrich, Matt Hoch, Tim Uhl

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Abstract

Clinical Scenario: Assessing movement of the scapula is an important component in the evaluation and treatment of the shoulder complex. Currently, gold-standard methods to quantify scapular movement include invasive technique, radiation, and 3D motion systems. This critically appraised topic focuses on several clinical assessment methods of quantifying scapular upward rotation with respect to their reliability and clinical utility. Clinical Question: Is there evidence for noninvasive methods that reliably assess clinical measures of scapular upward rotation in subjects with or without shoulder pathologies? Summary of Key Findings: Four studies were selected to be critically appraised. The quality appraisal of diagnostic reliability checklist was used to score the articles on methodology and consistency. Three of the 4 studies demonstrated support for the clinical question. Clinical Bottom Line: There is moderate evidence to support reliable clinical methods for measuring scapular upward rotation in subjects with or without shoulder pathology. Strength of Recommendation: There is moderate evidence to suggest there are reliable clinical measures to quantify scapular upward rotation in patients with or without shoulder pathology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)650-655
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Sport Rehabilitation
Volume28
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2019

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Keywords

  • CAT
  • Clinical assessment
  • Scapula

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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