Passive Range of Motion Exercises (PROM)
Passive Range of Motion is moving the joint through its available range of motion without muscle contractions. If a joint remains in one position for too long, the limb will lose flexibility, resulting in a slower return to activity.
BENEFITS OF PROM
- Improves joint motion after surgery
- Prevents contraction in the affected joint
- Prevents soft tissue inflexibility and shortening
- Prevents adhesion between soft tissue and bone
- Enhances joint lubrication
HOW TO PERFORM PROM
Make sure your dog is comfortable and relaxed prior to this exercise. It is best to perform PROM with your dog lying on its side. It is very important to ease into this exercise, making sure to not create any pain or discomfort.
- Support the limb both above and below the knee joint
- Start with the lowest joint (digits or hock) and work your way up the leg to the hip. IMPORTANT to do all joints of the affected leg.
- Try not to move more than one joint at a time.