Capsular Patterns

Know this information for the FSBPT’s NPTE exam.

Joint Capsular Pattern
Temporomandibular Opening
Occipitoatlanto Extension & side flexion equally limited
Cervical Spine Side flexion & rotations equally limited, extension
Glenohumeral Lateral rotation, abduction, medial rotation
Sternoclavicular Pain at extreme range of movement
Acromioclavicular Pain at extreme range of movement
Humeroulnar Flexion, extension
Radiohumeral Flexion, extension, supination, pronation
Proximal Radioulnar Supination, pronation
Distal Radioulnar Pain at extremes of rotation
Wrist Flexion & extension equally limited
Trapeziometacarpal Abduction, extension
MCP and IP Flexion, extension
Thoracic Spine Side flexion & rotation equally limited, extension
Lumbar Spine Side flexion & rotation equally limited, extension
SI, Symphysis Pubis, & Sacrococcygeal Pain when joints stressed
Hip Flexion, Abduction, medial rotation (order varies)
Knee Flexion, extension
Tibiofibular Pain when joint stressed
Talocrural Plantar flexion, dorsiflexion
Subtalar (Talocalcaneal) Limitation of varus range of movement
Midtarsal Dorsiflexion, plantar flexion, adduction, medial rotation
First MTP Extension, flexion
Second to Fifth MTP Variable
IP Flexion, extension