Pictures can serve as both a comparison measure and motivational tool for patients.
If this is undertaken, the following is recommended:
Measuring body height is important – reporting height is notoriously inaccurate. Take three measurements, with the patient walking a short distance between each measurement; and average for a final measure. Use Historical or Prospective Height Loss measure as per outlined in Module content.
RANGE OF MOTION
Standard ROM measurements can be undertaken, with particular care in how the patient is positioned to do these measures. Vertebral column ROM should not specifically be measured except by pictures in standing posture. It may be too dangerous and of no value to measure spinal flexion, lateral bending or rotation considering the fact that a patient could sustain a compression fracture during any of those particular motions. Cervical range of motion measurements may be of questionable value given that most patients typically have forward head posture initially.