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Low Back Quick Assessment Test Protocol

Last Updated: Jul 02, 2018 02:27AM UTC
In a dorsaVi Professional Suite Low Back Quick Assessment, the following movements can be tested. For all tests, use the “Start” and “Stop” buttons located at the bottom right hand corner of the screen to start and stop recording the movement data.

Forward Bend (Flexion)
  1. Ask the client to stand upright and flex forward as far as comfortable without bending the knees, hold for 2 seconds and then return to standing position.
  2. Repeat this movement for as many repetitions as you require.

Backward Bend (Extension)
  1. Ask the client to fold their arms across their chest and stand upright.
  2. Ask the client to bend back (extend) as far as comfortable and then return to standing position.
  3. Repeat this movement for as many repetitions as you require.

Left & Right Bend (Lateral Flexion)
  1. Ask the client to stand upright with their arms along the sides of their body.
  2. Ask the client to bend sideways (flex laterally) and slide their arm along their leg as far as comfortable while avoiding any flexion / extension, hold for 2 seconds and then return to standing position.
  3. Repeat this movement for as many repetitions as you require.

Standing Pelvic Tilt
  1. Ask the client to stand upright with their hands on their hips.
  2. Ask the client to tilt their pelvis forward (anteriorly) and then backward (posteriorly) in a controlled manner. It may help to say “Make an arch in your back and then flatten your back”. Ensure the patient does not move their trunk.
  3. Repeat this movement for as many repetitions as you require.

Sitting Pelvic Tilt
  1. Ask the client to sit in a chair with their back unsupported and in an upright posture.
  2. Ask the client to place their hands on their hips and tilt forward (anterior) and back (posterior). The client must attempt to initiate and control the movement from their pelvis while avoiding any trunk movement.

Sitting Usual Sitting
  1. Ask the client to sit in a chair (ideally a desk chair) in their usual sitting posture.
  2. Once the client is sitting in their usual sitting posture, capture the position in dorsaVi Professional Suite for at least 5 seconds.

Sitting Slouched
  1. Ask the client to sit in a chair and slouch as they usually would.
  2. Once the client  is sitting in a slouched posture, capture the position in dorsaVi Professional Suite for at least 5 seconds.

Sitting Upright
  1. Ask the client to sit in a chair in an upright posture.
  2. Once the client is sitting in an upright posture, capture the position in dorsaVi Professional Suite for at least 5 seconds.