Injury Evaluation: Lower Extremities
Instructing and Interpreting Fitness Tests
Instruct the patient how to properly perform fitness tests to assess his or her physical status and readiness for physical activity. Interpret the results of these tests according to requirements established by appropriate governing agencies and/or a physician. These tests should assess: Muscular Endurance, Agility, Speed.
Appropriate Fitness Programs for Patients
Develop a fitness program appropriate to the patient's needs and selected activity or activities that meet the requirements established by the appropriate governing agency and/or physician for enhancing: Cardiovascular Endurance, Speed
Inspection/Observation of Clinical Signs Associated w/ Common Injuries
Perform inspection/observation of the clinical signs associated with common injuries including deformity, posturing and guarding, edema/swelling, hemarthrosis, and discoloration.
Palpate the bones and soft tissues to determine normal or pathological characteristics.
Measure the active and passive joint range of motion using commonly accepted techniques, including the use of a goniometer and inclinometer.
Grade the resisted joint range of motion/manual muscle testing and break tests.
Apply appropriate stress tests for ligamentous or capsular stability, soft tissue and muscle, and fractures.
Apply appropriate special tests for injuries to the specific areas of the body as listed above.
Assess neurological status, including cranial nerve function, myotomes, dermatomes and reflexes, and circulatory status.
Document the results of the assessment including the diagnosis.
Patient's Prior and Present Medical History
Obtain a medical history of the patient that includes a previous history and a history of the present condition.
Perform a visual observation of the clinical signs associated with common injuries and/or illnesses including deformity, edema/swelling, discoloration, and skin abnormalities.
Palpate the bones and soft tissues, including the abdomen, to determine normal or pathological characteristics.