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Physical Therapy Assessment Methodology

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What is the primary purpose of assessment in physical therapy?

To gather information about a patient's health state

What is a crucial aspect of the patient's information that should be compiled and carefully read?

Medical diagnosis and current medication

Why is it essential to consider a patient's age in the assessment process?

To understand the correlation between age and pathology

What is the primary source of information in the assessment process?

The patient and their family

What is a critical aspect of a patient's medical history?

Current diseases and symptoms

Why is it essential to consider a patient's leisure activities in the assessment process?

To detect harmful maintained positions and movements

What is the significance of pain in the assessment process?

It is the most frequent cause of consultation in physiotherapy

Why is it essential to consider a patient's socio-economic data in the assessment process?

To determine their education level

Study Notes

Assessment in Physical Therapy

  • Assessment is the 1st step in every serious and skilled assistance in physical therapy.
  • It involves compiling and carefully reading and listening to every patient's information to determine their state of health.

Sources of Information

  • Patient
  • Family
  • Clinical history and other professional health recordings

Patient Information

  • Filiation: Name and Surname
  • Age
  • Contact data
  • Occupation
  • Hobbies
  • Medical diagnosis
  • Reason for consultation
  • Current medication

Subjective Assessment

  • AGE: Correlation regarding the patient's health problem
    • Is the age of onset correlated to the pathology?
    • How does age affect the treatment techniques selection?
    • Do symptoms fit the patient's age?
  • Gender: Correlation regarding the patient's health problem
    • Is gender correlated with the age?
    • Does gender explain the problem onset?

Professional and Leisure Activities

  • Learn rehabilitation strategies to return to normal life
  • Detect harmful maintained positions and movements

Familiar and Socio-Economic Data

  • Education level
  • Health insurance coverage

Medical History and Current Diseases

  • Bring up questions gently

Current Medication and Pain

  • Pain is a cardinal symptom to assess
  • Most frequent cause of consultation in Physiotherapy
  • Location of pain is crucial for ruling out SERIOUS PATHOLOGY

Understand the first step in physical therapy, compiling patient information to determine their state of health. Learn how to describe capabilities and problems from a PT perspective.

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