What do I Assess?
Depending on your presenting condition, your assessment may include several of the following;
Static Posture – an observation of your alignment with you standing upright, viewed from the front, back and sides.
Movement assessment – transitional (movement without a change in your base of support) e.g. overhead squat, single leg squat, star balance excursion and dynamic (movement with a change in your base of support) e.g. Davies Upper Extremity Test and Landing Error Scoring System.
Gait analysis – observation of the relationship and movement qualities of your limbs during running and walking with specific attention applied to your lower limbs.
Range of Motion – use of a goniometer to measure the joint angles through which you are able to actively move. In most cases a visual comparison is sufficient, especially when comparing sides.
Flexibility – an assessment of the length of your muscles when stretched passively.
Strength – manual muscle testing used to compare both sides (left and right) where applicable.
Functional movement – this could be an observation of you carrying out everyday movements or even ones specific to your sport so as to give a better picture of your movement quality and biomechanics in relation to your pain.
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