Here at Spine Consultants, we treat you as an individual a whole person, not the specific injury or complaint you’ve presented. Everything is connected, and as such, we complete full-body assessments to understand where your complain or injury is coming from ultimately. That means if you present with knee symptoms, we will also assess your low back, hips, knee, and ankle to find out if your knee symptoms are as a result of any of those areas. This includes assessing your nerve and muscle function, combined with how you move.
The best part of the full-body assessment is that it reminds clients of previous injuries that they had forgotten entirely about while completing the history form because the injury has resolved symptomatically. If we use our knee example again, we would likely ask the client to perform some form of the squat to assess both functional and strength qualities. It’s not uncommon for that client to then remark “Oh yeah, my shoulder hurts while I hold the barbell on my back during squats.” So while the knee is the primary complaint, there may be a connection between shoulder pain while holding a barbell and a corresponding compensation movement that wouldn’t have been discovered unless we’ve completed a full-body assessment was completed.
The last reason we complete a full-body assessment is that it’s what should be done to provide adequate thorough care to our clients and patients, and it’s what should be done. We aren’t here for half measures and guesswork. Evidence-based techniques and clinical experience drive myotherapy assessments and treatments.