A physical therapy evaluation is an important part of the recovery process for those suffering from musculoskeletal or orthopedic injuries. During the evaluation, a physical therapist will assess a patient's functional abilities, range of motion, strength, balance and pain levels. The therapist will then develop a plan to help the patient reach their goals and improve their overall function.
The evaluation is an important step in understanding the extent of the injury and developing an appropriate treatment plan. During this assessment, patients can expect to answer questions about their medical history and current symptoms. The therapist may also perform tests to evaluate range of motion, strength, balance, and other functional abilities. Depending on the results of these tests, further assessments may be recommended such as imaging or lab testing.
Generally, the therapist will develop a home exercise program (HEP) after an evaluation. This is for the patient to follow to maximize therapy outcomes between visits. HEPs may include postural tips, stretches, strengthening exercises, or balance drills to work on during the time between appointments.
By understanding what to expect during a physical therapy evaluation, patients can be better prepared for their appointment and begin taking steps towards recovery. To book a 60 minute evaluation with Raven Physical Therapy, please visit our booking page so we can help you get back to feeling better!