This assessment is the first stage in the therapy journey that both the patient and physiotherapist will embark upon together. After filling in personal information and being given the green light, the patient will be accompanied by the therapist from the get-go, starting with an initial interview, until the patient is discharged from the centre.
After an initial patient history interview, the physiotherapist will make notes on all relevant information and proceed with a physical examination to confirm their assumed diagnoses. The physical examination consists of a static, dynamic, passive and active movement assessment. Following this assessment, special pathological or neuro-dynamic tests may also be performed, depending on the nature of the patient’s ailment. At the end of the assessments, following both careful and accurate clinical analysis, a FUNCTIONAL DIAGNOSIS will be made. It is important to highlight that this is not a medical assessment or diagnosis. This assessment aims to analyse patient movements and any alterations in movement in order to better understand the pain and its source.
As well as a means of analysing and pin-pointing a patient’s psycho-physical information, the assessment also represents the first meeting point for the future THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP between the patient and physiotherapist, which is very important if the rehabilitation project is to be successful. The patient will always remain at the centre of the project and will actively participate in whatever he or she chooses to pursue with the team, in terms of objectives and therapy stages.