Physiotherapy assessment, is not only interested in identifying the specific structures (eg. Muscle, nerve, ligament, meniscus etc) involved in any condition but also tries to identify the ‘’why’’.
To solve a problem successfully and effectively, we need to understand not only what happened and what is the specific diagnosis, but also why it occurred and what is preventing your improvement.
In assessing a nerve, joint, ligament or muscle problem, it is essential to look more globally beyond the immediate problem and understand what loads, and what kind of loads, the body has had to cope with.
Apart from the traditional orthopaedic assessments, the analysis of various functional tasks can reveal various movement behaviours impacting on the problem.
Through 3D motion analysis, handheld dynamometry (muscle strength testing) and force plate analysis (weight distribution) we can gain an insight into your unique functional profile and identify the components which are impacting on your condition.
We are coming to understand that there is no such thing as ideal or perfect posture or movement. We are adaptable, and movement variability is in our DNA. Movement is a learned and habitual behavior and we each have our own signature of movement patterns.
Studying an individual’s movement patterns may be an important piece in understanding what is causing pain.
There are common patterns associated with pain. A person’s habitual movement may be the source of the pain, or alternatively, the person’s movement actually may be a compensation for a problem elsewhere. Through 3D analysis, therapists identify those patterns and provide you with valuable feedback – the abiity to see and learn how to implement pain-free patterns of movement.
3D Motion Analysis
A full biochemical assessment once required a prohibitively expensive lab, and it was very time consuming. It is only recently that developing technology and depth sensing cameras that motion data can be obtained quickly, effortlessly, and affordably – in the physical therapy clinic.
Depth sensing cameras provide the therapist with accurate data and simultaneously give the patient clear feedback, the ability to see what the therapist sees.
Foot Pressure Force Plate
The foot pressure force plate measures where and how one carries weight. It is a technology that allows a more precise assessment of imbalanced weight bearing.
Hand-held dynamometry allows objective measures of muscle strength. This is important because as our understanding grows regarding the types and amount of muscle loads for certain conditions, there is an increased need for more accurate measurement. For example, A significant imbalance between the strength of the muscles between the outer and inner muscles of the hip increases the risk of developing groin strains. There are also specific strength criteria of quadriceps muscles before being deemed safe to return to sport. These cannot be measured manually.
Combined with a detailed interview exploring mechanisms of injury and the amount of loads the body was subjected to prior to the injury, information gleaned via the physical examination and our 4D lab allows us direct specific treatments and strategies to provide a comprehensive solution.