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The effect of talocrural joint manipulation on range of motion at the ankle

Fryer, Gary and Jacob, Mudge and McLaughlin, Patrick (2002) The effect of talocrural joint manipulation on range of motion at the ankle. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics., 25 (6). pp. 384-390. ISSN 0161-4754

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Abstract

Objective: To determine whether a single high velocity, low amplitude thrust manipulation to the talocrural joint altered ankle range of motion. Design: A randomized, controlled and blinded study. Subjects: Asymptomatic male and female volunteers (N=41). Methods: Subjects were randomly assigned into either an experimental group (N=20) or a control group (N=21). Both ankles of subjects in the experimental group were manipulated using a single high velocity, low amplitude thrust to the talocrural joint. Pre and post measurements of passive dorsiflexion range of motion were collected. Results: No significant changes in dorsiflexion range of motion were detected between manipulated ankles and controls. A significantly greater pre-test dorsiflexion range of motion existed in those ankles where manipulation produced an audible cavitation. Conclusion: Manipulation of the ankle does not increase dorsiflexion range of motion in asymptomatic subjects. Ankles that displayed a greater pre-test range of dorsiflexion were more likely to cavitate, raising the possibility that ligament laxity may be associated with the tendency for ankles to cavitate.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ankle joint, manipulation, dorsiflexion, range of motion
Subjects: RFCD Classification > 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Depositing User: Mr Angeera Sidaya
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 23 May 2013 16:36
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/504
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