Our initial assessment is 90 minutes. It’s a head to toe movement assessment that assesses every joint in your body. This includes how you’re able to control your joints actively throughout all of their ranges of motion, as well as isolated joint assessments comparing active and passive ranges of motion. Is this all? Absolutely not! There’s so much more to it.
And the point of this post isn’t to explain our assessment process. Rather, it’s to explain why we do things the way we do. And why we don’t “skip parts of our assessment.”
When talking to potential patients, we often get asked to skip this or that in our assessment process. “It’s just my knee, I don’t need you to look at my hip.” We also often get asked to shorten the assessment. “Can’t you just make it a 30 minute assessment? I don’t have time.” These questions lead to a lot of patient education on why we don’t change our assessment or shorten it.
Do you ask your car mechanic to only look at the problem area, or do you let them figure out the true cause of the problem?
Would you ask your surgeon to make a 90 minute surgery only take 30 minutes?
Didn’t think so.
So why ask us to do these things?
Movement and physical medicine is complex. But it doesn’t need to be. With the proper assessment, we can see how one area of your body is affecting another area. We can get to the root cause of your problem and save time in treatment.
Just because you have pain somewhere, doesn’t mean that’s the problem area.