Step one, The Assessment...
This is the basis of formulating a treatment plan. To begin with you will be asked a variety of questions, such as questions, concerning your lifestyle, occupation, sports and hobbies etc. Your past medical history, and the history of your present condition/complaint.
Following this there will be a physical examination where we will look at the relevant aspects concerning your problem which may include:
- Joint ranges
- Muscle strength
- Neurological components
- Strength and stability
- Core strength and stability
- Palpation to assess stiffness and pain
The physical examination although in some aspects, may be a little uncomfortable is performed under the control of the patient. There will be constant communication and feedback between the physiotherapist and the patient. Don't forget we are here to help you and not hurt you. We do understand that most patients who come to see us are already experiencing some pain. After the subjective and objective (physical) examination the physiotherapist will discuss his findings with you. During this discussion they will explain how they would like to approach treating you and formulate a treatment plan. These discussions will be on going throughout your physiotherapy sessions.