Clinical assessment and examination plays a very significant role in the diagnosis and treatment of a dysfunction. The ability of a physiotherapist to critically evaluate the patient using fundamental and applied scientific evidence helps in interpretation of the clinical result.
Types of assessment and evaluation
Subjective: What the patient says about the problem. Objective: What the therapist observe about the condition using range of motion and other outcome measures
Techniques/Tools for evaluation
Some of the methods which are used are goniometry manual muscle testing (MMT), palpation techniques, pain evaluation, and functional test.After the formation of a clinical diagnosis on the basis of reasoning, examination and intervention planning, goals are set. When working in a physiotherapy clinic, patients come to us with particular goals/things, they wish to achieve in mind. Goals may include decreasing their pain, improving movement and function or maybe just maintaining results of post treatment. Smaller goals set as milestones to help measure progress, long term goals should be supported by small achievable goals.
Goals differ greatly between people and it is very important to discuss with your physiotherapist, goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time oriented. This will help in formulation of the treatment plan thus helping in achieve the desired results.