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Passive dorsiflexion

Positioning.

The ankle is in neutral position with the heel resting on the couch. The knee is slightly flexed. The examiner is distal to the foot. He places one hand at the plantar aspect of the forefoot. The other hand is at the back of the heel.

Procedure..

Move the foot in the dorsal direction, […]

Palpation of the extensor mechanism

This is performed on an extended knee.First the muscular structures are ascertained. Ask the patient to extend the slightly bent knee and resist the movement.This movement usually outlines the vastus medialis, vastus lateralis, rectus femoris and the patellar ligament. Then the patellar border with its tendinous insertions are palpated. With the hip in flexion and […]

Palpation of the subscapularis tendon

The subscapularis muscle belly can only be reached by bringing the hand in between the scapula and the thorax. It cannot really be palpated. The tendinous insertion on the lesser tuberosity, however, can easily be palpated. The subject is in a half lying position on a couch, the upper arm along the body and the […]