Patients with lateral hip pain on Single Leg Stance and who are not palpably tender over the greater trochanter are unlikely to have gluteal tendinopathy.
Slumped spinal posture is characterized by slumped postural dysfunction from the pelvis to the head. Assessment is made upon static postural examination.
Assessing a whiplash injury from another condition of the neck is straightforward because a whiplash by definition follows a macrotrauma of the neck,
The sacroiliac joint (SIJ) medley of tests is a series of five assessment tests to determine if the SIJ is the causative agent of the client’s pain.
Orthopedic assessment testing works by what could be called “stress and assess”. The test adds a physical stress and we assess the client’s response.
If the test creates signs/symptoms, but not the signs/symptoms of the condition for which the test is designed, then the test is considered to be negative.
Think of the health history as a written and verbal conversation between the therapist and the client about the client’s health.
The slump test places tension on the spinal cord and PNS. It assesses a space occupying condition of the cervical and lumbar spine, as well as TOS.
The term “space occupying condition” is used to describe a condition in which there is compression on a spinal nerve in the intervertebral foramen.
Motion palpation is a specific form of passive (pin and stretch technique) assessment that challenges the intrinsic fascial tissue of the joint.
Perhaps no assessment procedure is more important to the manual therapist and integral to musculoskeletal (myofascioskeletal) assessment than palpation.
General orthopedic assessment testing includes three assessment techniques, two types of range of motion (ROM) assessment and manual resistance assessment.
If a physical examination assessment test creates signs/symptoms of the condition, it is positive and the therapist knows that tissue is unhealthy.
The health history should be done before the physical assessment exam because it helps reveal the regions that need to be assessed during the physical exam.
Before treatment can be given, it is necessary to have a clear understanding of the mechanism behind the musculoskeletal pathologic condition.
Table 1 shows average healthy ranges of axial motion of the cervical spine (head and neck), from the atlanto-occipital joint through the C7-T1 joint.
For a pathologic disc of the lumbar spine, the principle assessment test is straight leg raise (SLR). This can be performed actively or passively.
The most common signs and symptoms of spasmed muscles of the posterior neck are pain, a feeling of tightness, and restricted motion.
The assessment/diagnosis for low back muscle spasming begins with the verbal history and ROM and orthopedic assessment, and is confirmed with palpation.