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Glossary Term


Hypomobility is a condition in which a person experiences a limited range of motion in a joint. For example, if the end range of shoulder external rotation is reached and measured as 75° during a goniometric assessment, the client/patient is exhibiting hypomobility of the glenohumeral joint (shoulder). This can be caused by a variety of factors, such as injury, disease, or chronic inflammation. Symptoms of hypomobility can include stiffness, pain, and difficulty performing everyday activities

Hypomobility: Range of motion that is less than optimal. For example, if the goniometric assessment of shoulder joint (glenohumeral joint) external rotation is limited to 75°, the client/patient is exhibiting hypomobility.

  • Note: Both hypomobility and hypermobility may adversely affect motion, have been correlated with pain and dysfunction, and may increase the risk of future injury.