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 how you move and any areas of compensation and asymmetry that may predispose you to pain or injury during your typical daily tasks and exercise. You will be given the results of your movement assessment along with a home program with recommendations for improving or maintaining your performance and function.
As preventative maintenance for your body, a Wellness Assessment is recommended at least once per year, and as frequent as quarterly if you regularly exercise or participate in manual labor.
What is the difference between a Wellness Assessment and an Evaluation?
A Physical Therapy Wellness Assessment is preventative – it’s recommended when you do not have any symptoms that you are currently seeking PT care for, with the goal of keeping you moving well and participating fully in your preferred lifestyle. In contrast, a Physical Therapy Evaluation is usually rehabilitative – to address existing symptoms or disability. If you would like treatment for current injuries or pain, please let your physical therapist know ahead of time.