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. Examples are identifying poor postures that may lead to pain or exacerbation of old injuries; identifying ankle instability that may result in sprains during running and jumping; 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 modifying as needed.
As preventative maintenance for your body, a Wellness Assessment is recommended at least once per year, and as frequent as quarterly if you are a competitive or recreational athlete.
What is the difference between a Physical Therapy Wellness Assessment and a Physical Therapy Evaluation?
A Wellness Assessment is mainly preventative – it is performed whether you are experiencing symptoms or not, oftentimes when you do NOT have any symptoms, with the goal of addressing PREDISPOSITION to pain or injury. An Evaluation is usually rehabilitative – performed to assess and treat existing symptoms of pain or disability. If you would like treatment for pre-existing injuries or pain, please let your physical therapist know during your visit.