"If you’re not assessing, you're just guessing."
Why the assessment is so important
Physiotherapists always need some form of assessment in order to design an appropriate, individualized treatment program. The assessment and re-assessment are major elements in determining the correct physiotherapy treatment. They also determine whether a client requires further medical evaluation from a physician (e.g. for a non-musculoskeletal problem or for a musculoskeletal problem that requires immediate medical attention).
Accuracy: We determine the accurate cause of the problem/complaint to identify the triggering factor of pain. In some cases, this involves determining the anatomical structure that is causing pain. In other cases, this is not possible, but determining all the possible contributing factors to the pain is important.
Causes: We determine the factors that led to the injury. This help us to plan an approperiate protocol.
The assessment may include both structural and functional aspects. For acute, traumatic injuries, an assessment with a strong structural approach is usually more appropriate. For chronic and/or gradual onset injuries, an assessment with a strong functional approach is usually more appropriate.
Many conditions are complex, which requires the ability to analyze all the relevant information (client history, signs and symptoms, aggravating factors, client goals, past medical history, clinical assessment/examination findings, diagnostic imaging, etc). Although we are assessing physical health and fitness testing including Alignment, flexibility, balance, coordination, strength and Agility. Our clinical expertise doing unique assessment’s like
- Gross Motor Function Classification System Scoring
- Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment
- Compound motor activity (physical fitness test )