The Physical Therapy Initial Evaluation. When you go for an initial evaluation with a physical therapist (PT), you can expect the physical therapist to ask a number of questions during the interview component of your evaluation. Most likely, he or she will ask questions about:
Then, the therapist will conduct a musculoskeletal exam that may include an assessment of your:
Use of Movements, Postures, and Positions to Reduce and Stabilize Pain.
In the physical therapy examination of low back pain, the PT can often identify particular movements and positions that actually lessen or control the pain. Once identified, the PT may instruct you in those postures and movements that help to alleviate the pain. These can then be applied to the activities in which you are involved on a daily basis. A physical therapy treatment program that is active in nature and geared toward instructing the patient in self care techniques and back injury prevention are key ingredients in returning a person to a pain-free, active and healthy lifestyle.
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