Assessment with PhysioCraft
The physiotherapist is responsible for the patient’s eligibility for rehabilitation. They have the experience and competence to carry out physiotherapeutic diagnostics. It is a process consisting of:
- Posture Assessments and Movement Analysis
- Tests and measurements
- Making a diagnosis and discussing it with the patient
- A treatment plan and predictions for the future
A professionally conducted interview gives answers to questions such as: What problem has the patient had? What hurts and why? Since when have the symptoms persisted? How did this happen? What are the comorbidities? This points to the mechanism of the injury and outlines how to approach the problem. A lot of musculoskeletal problems can be deduced based on the interview itself. Possible symptoms that signal severe disorders, i.e. “red flags,” e.g. cancer, will be picked up. Should the need be, the therapist sends the patient to their primary care physician for a more in-depth diagnosis.
The physical examination and taking medical history are based on assessing body posture and motor skills, examining reflexes, muscle strength and tension, or the range of movements in the joints. If necessary, linear measurements are done (limb length and circumference). Patient pain assessment, e.g. with the VAS 0-10 scale. Thanks to the analysis of functional movement disorders and the information provided by the patient, special orthopaedic and neurological tests are selected, which confirm the assumed diagnosis, and then the final diagnosis is made.
It is essential to discuss and explain the test results with the patient. The patient’s knowledge about their problem is of great importance, as the patient’s awareness affects the effects of rehabilitation. The improvement plan takes into account the patient’s motivation and capabilities. Stages are outlined to achieve the intended result. We adjust the method of therapy when we receive all this information.
Recommendations are an essential element in the rehabilitation process. The therapist gives tips on correct ergonomics, self-therapy, or home exercises.