2nd Edition

Occupational Therapy Manual for the Evaluation of Range of Motion and Muscle Strength

By Deanna Proulx, Donna Latella Copyright 2025
    556 Pages
    by Routledge

    Aimed at occupational therapy practitioners, this practical and comprehensive manual demonstrates how different assessment tools can be used to evaluate the range of motion, and strength of clients, during physical rehabilitation.

    The book covers the key areas of evaluation that therapists need to understand, including activity analysis, clinical observation, active range of motion, gross motor testing, goniometry, and isolated muscle testing. Reconfigured to match the clinical reasoning process, this new edition has also been reorganized by region and by joint motion to make it more user-friendly, mirroring the process by which an evaluation is conducted in practice. Also included are various appendices to support the transition to practice, as well as an "At a Glance" version of the manual itself.

    This is an essential manual for both occupational therapy practitioners and students in training.

    1 Foundations of Practice

    2 Introduction and Functional Activity Observation

    3 Biomechanical Screening: Introduction to Active Range of Motion and Gross Muscle Testing

    4 Biomechanical Assessment: Introduction to Goniometry and Isolated Muscle Testing



    Deanna Proulx, OTD, MHA, OTR/L is a Clinical Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Quinnipiac University. Her clinical expertise is in long term acute care with polytrauma, brain injury, stroke, orthopedics, aquatics and neurodevelopmental disease. In addition, she has practiced in supported living communities with young adults with developmental disabilities. Over the last 28 years at Quinnipiac, she has served in roles including student, faculty, fieldwork coordinator, and Assistant Dean for the School of Health Sciences.

    Donna Latella, EdD, OTR/L is a Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Quinnipiac University. Her clinical background is in acute care, outpatient rehab, nursing homes, and homecare practices. Donna, specifically, has expertise in areas such as orthopedics, geriatrics, dysphagia, and restorative dining programs. She teaches courses which include health conditions, research, capstone, adult interventions, and documentation. Her publications and presentations have focused on topics such as adult interventions, leadership, teamwork, learning styles, educational malpractice, animal-assisted therapy/hippotherapy/equine-assisted therapy, and dysphagia.