When was the last time a check-up with your family physician involved a “Functional Examination” in order to minimize or prevent future injuries and degenerative arthritic conditions of the joints? The answer sadly is probably never!
With the current method of evaluating a patient, one basically walks into an office, sits or lays stationary on a table, and responds to basic questions. This is followed by some palpation and/or basic range of motion testing directed to the area of complaint. This method of assessing a patient is somewhat simplistic and outdated, yet is still widely used today. What could a stationary examination possibly tell about the cause of your pain? Have we become a society that merely treats pain comprised of people who only seek care when they feel pain? To put it simply, the answer sadly is yes!
Please click on the link below to view the full original PDF document from the June 2014 issue of Body Magazine.