Physical Examination of the Rib Cage Wall by the Speech-Language Pathologist

Thomas J. Hixon, Jeannette Dee Hoit

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A protocol is offered for use by the speechlanguage 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-196
Number of pages18
JournalAmerican Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000



  • Physical examination
  • Protocol
  • Rib cage wall
  • Worksheet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Health Professions(all)

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