Full Clinical Assessment
A comprehensive assessment
During your first consultation we will conduct a comprehensive assessment. This enables us to understand the structural source of your musculo-skeletal pain complaint, and to help us to provide a diagnosis and formulate a planned course of treatment.
Injuries need to be accurately diagnosed to be treated effectively. Your assessment will help to map out the nature of your physiotherapy treatment programme, which will take into account your current fitness level, lifestyle, work, any sporting activities and what levels of function you need to attain. If referral onwards for opinion from a medical or surgical specialist is felt to be necessary, we can arrange this directly. We can also refer you for MRI or ultrasound imaging. If you are already under the care of a surgeon or other medical professional, we can liaise with them to help achieve your best possible outcome from rehabilitation.
What happens during a full clinical assessment?
Your assessment will involve you answering questions regarding the history and nature of your problem and a then a physical assessment. The questions help us understand the history of your injury or condition, the nature of the pain and how your pain and symptoms respond to certain activities. The physical assessment helps us determine the source of the pain and its impact on your body mechanics.
Completion of the assessment provides our experienced physiotherapists with a working diagnosis to plan a course of treatment. Treatment is then aimed at settling pain sensitive tissues, restoring movement and normal body mechanics and restoring your physical function as required. The assessment enables us to be able to indicate the likely timescale of rehabilitation and whether an onward medical referral may be required.
A planned course of treatment could involve hands on physiotherapy sessions, rehabilitation exercise prescription, electrotherapy including pulsed ultrasound, interferential therapy or shockwave therapy, clinical Pilates or an appropriate combination based on your individual circumstances.