Purpose: This pattern not only identifies mobility of the flexed hip, but includes the core stability within the pattern, as well as the available hip extension of the alternate hip. It is an evaluation of the ability to separate the lower extremities in an unloaded position. This movement is often lost when flexibility of multi-joint muscles are compromised.
Equipment: Screening Kit
- The client lies supine with their arms by sides, palms up, and the head resting on the floor. Place a board under the knees with feet perpendicular to the floor.
- Locate the point between the ASIS and the knee, place a dowel at this position perpendicular to the floor.
- Instruct your client to begin lifting the test leg while, keeping it straight.
- During the movement, the opposite knee should remain in contact with the board, as well as his or her heel and head flat on the floor
- Perform test on each side 3 times and record best score.
0. Pain is associated while performing the movement
1. Vertical line of the malleolus is below the mid-patella, and non-performing leg remains in neutral position
2. Vertical line of the malleolus is between mid-thigh and mid-patella, and non-performing leg remains in neutral position
3. Vertical line of the malleolus is between mid-thigh and ASIS and the non-performing leg remains in neutral position