A range of motion achieved by a patient/client that is less than normal.
  • Note: Both hyper-mobility and hypo-mobility may adversely affect motion and may lead to deleterious effects on joints and soft tissue over time. There is no evidence to suggest that more or less flexibility than normal is beneficial.
Example: If the end range of shoulder external rotation is reached and measured as 75° during goniometric assessment, the client/patient is exhibiting hypomobility of the glenohumeral joint (shoulder).

Related Terms

  • Hyper-mobility
  • Joint laxity
  • Range of motion (ROM)
  • Joint contracture
  • Osteoarthritis


  • hypo-mobile
  • hypo-mobility
  • hypomobile