Wrist Range of Motion in Activities of Daily Living

  • David L. Nelson
  • Margaret A. Mitchell
  • Paul G. Groszewski
  • Stephen L. Pennick
  • Paul R. Manske
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 256)


The wrist motion used to perform activities of daily living (ADL) is important to know when evaluating wrist function after trauma or surgical procedures that limit wrist motion. Several studies have examined wrist motion in terms of absolute range and, more important, functional range. Palmer et al.,10 in the most sophisticated study to date, defined the functional range of the wrist to be 30° of extension, 5° of flexion, 10° of radial deviation, and 15° of ulnar deviation. However, these were mean values, obtained by averaging the data of all subjects in all of the activities; the actual motion requirements of each individual task was therefore obscured, and range was actually underestimated.


Wrist Motion Ulnar Deviation Radial Deviation Functional Range Limited Wrist 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • David L. Nelson
    • 1
  • Margaret A. Mitchell
    • 2
  • Paul G. Groszewski
    • 2
  • Stephen L. Pennick
    • 2
  • Paul R. Manske
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Orthopedic SurgeryUniversity of California, San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Program in Occupational TherapyWashington UniversitySt LouisUSA
  3. 3.Division of Orthopedic SurgeryWashington UniversitySt. LouisUSA

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