A Physical Therapy Wellness Assessment is similar to the idea of a ‘routine physical’ from a physician. You will receive a comprehensive movement assessment to identify any areas of dysfunction that may predispose you to pain or injury during your typical daily tasks and exercise. Examples are identifying poor posture associated with back pain; identifying ankle instability that may result in sprains during running; identifying asymmetries in strength or mobility. You will be given the results of your movement assessment and a home program / recommendations for strengthening, mobilizing, and correcting as needed.
As preventative maintenance for your body, a Wellness Assessment is recommended once per year, or twice per year if you are an athlete (competitive or recreational). Wellness Assessments are NOT intended to be used as evaluations for pre-existing injuries or pain. If you would like treatment for pre-existing injuries or pain, please let your physical therapist know during your visit.
What is the difference between a Physical Therapy Wellness Assessment and a Physical Therapy Evaluation?
A Wellness Assessment is generally preventative – it is performed whether you are experiencing symptoms or not, oftentimes when you do NOT have any symptoms, with the goal of assessing predisposition to pain or injury and correcting them before pain or injury sets in. An Evaluation is usually rehabilitative – performed to assess and treat existing symptoms of pain or disability.