Physical Examination of the Rib Cage Wall by the Speech-Language Pathologist A protocol is offered for use by the speech-language pathologist in conducting a physical examination of the rib cage wall. Structural and performance observations are used to reveal possible rib cage wall dysfunction. A worksheet is provided to guide the examiner. The present protocol, together with those presented in companion ... Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus  |   August 01, 2000
Physical Examination of the Rib Cage Wall by the Speech-Language Pathologist
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Thomas J. Hixon
    National Center for Neurogenic Communication Disorders, The University of Arizona, Tucson
  • Jeannette D. Hoit
    National Center for Neurogenic Communication Disorders, The University of Arizona, Tucson
  • Contact author: Thomas J. Hixon, PhD, National Center for Neurogenic Communication Disorders, Speech and Hearing Sciences Building, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721.
    Contact author: Thomas J. Hixon, PhD, National Center for Neurogenic Communication Disorders, Speech and Hearing Sciences Building, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721.×
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Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus   |   August 01, 2000
Physical Examination of the Rib Cage Wall by the Speech-Language Pathologist
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, August 2000, Vol. 9, 179-196. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0903.179
History: Received January 10, 2000 , Accepted May 19, 2000
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, August 2000, Vol. 9, 179-196. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0903.179
History: Received January 10, 2000; Accepted May 19, 2000

A protocol is offered for use by the speech-language pathologist in conducting a physical examination of the rib cage wall. Structural and performance observations are used to reveal possible rib cage wall dysfunction. A worksheet is provided to guide the examiner. The present protocol, together with those presented in companion publications on the diaphragm (Hixon & Hoit, 1998) and the abdominal wall (Hixon & Hoit, 1999), provide the bases for a comprehensive physical examination of the status and function of the breathing apparatus by the speech-language pathologist.

Acknowledgment
This work was supported, in part, by National Multipurpose Research and Training Center Grant DC-01409 from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
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