Comparison of femoral torsion assessment using goniometry and computerized tomography

Wayne A. Stuberg, Anne Koehler, Mary Wichita, James Temme, Phoebe Kaplan

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Femoral torsion in 17 nonhandicapped subjects, aged 3–22 years, was assessed using a clinical goniometry method and computerized tomography. Three therapists recorded the goniometer measures. The goniometric method was found to underestimate femoral torsion by a mean difference ranging from 9–12° across the three testers. The mean difference within tester was significant comparing the two methods using a Wilcoxon Rank Sum test (p > 0.05). The results indicate that clinical goniometric assessment of femoral torsion should only be used as a screening tool with knowledge that a discrepancy of 10–15° to radiographic assessment measures may be due to measurement error.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-118
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric Physical Therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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