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Why the Goniometer is outdated

December 19th 2018 in Physical Therapy

When I first saw a goniometer the initial thought that came to my mind was: "How are physical therapists are still using this tool to get such important data from their patients?" In a world of self-driving cars, smartphones, and virtual reality, this seemed completely insane.

The goniometer is an instrument used by physical therapists to get the angle measurements of the joints. It has been used for centuries and its design is quite manual. Doing some research, I noticed that when one doesn’t have a lot of experience using it, it can result in incorrect measurements. Even in the hands of an experienced physician, there is significant case-by-case deviation in the measured results. There are a lot of online video/books/articles that educate students and professionals on how to correctly use this instrument just so that the data is not compromised.

Recently I visited some clinics and talked to some physical therapists. They often tell me using a goniometer to get ROM measurements from patients with any movement restrictions can be a real challenge. It sometimes takes a while to get the angles right and frequently causes patients to feel burdened during the process.

That’s why we created the MIO platform. With powerful but tiny sensors, we have a product that gives the ROM data in real time, with a high level of accuracy and features live 3D visualization of the body. Why is it so awesome? It all takes less than a minute to set up! You get streaming ROM data for diagnoses, real-time tracking of the ROM and limb during exercises, built-in games to encourage the patient to adhere to their treatment, and a complete dashboard to view/download the data to your computer.

Learn more about our new MIO tool, a goniometer reinvented for the 21st century here!.