A biomechanical assessment is a detailed consultation, in which we assess the way that your feet, legs and body function during movement. They are a fundamental part of the process whereby we assess and diagnose your injuries and foot pain.
This consultation is designed to help patients with short or long-term injuries, those wanting to achieve a greater understanding as to how their body functions, and those aiming to improve athletic performance.
Our methodical assessment process allows us to attain a thorough understanding of the way your body functions and allows us to identify the source of your body or foot pain or limitation.
With this understanding, we can then form a provisional diagnosis to put into place short and long term management strategies to help you achieve your health, lifestyle and fitness goals as quickly as possible.
To understand the nature of your injury it is imperative that we take the time to understand your activity and injury history. To ensure this, we begin by:
- Listening to your story
- Ascertaining the particular symptoms, injuries, or the conditions you have
- Looking in depth at your previous injuries
- Consider all medical conditions, lifestyle factors, occupational hazards and physical activities
If further diagnostic investigation is merited, you may be referred for x-ray, ultrasound, bone scan, MRI etc.
Here, we look at everything from the position of your neck and back through to your hips, knees, legs, ankles and feet whilst you are walking and/or running on our state of the art Zebris force and pressure analysing treadmill.
Using our computerised video feedback system we analyse the movement and alignment of each element of your body and begin to understand your individual movement pattern. Here, we are able to identify additional factors that may be contributing to your foot pain or leg injury.
Once this has been completed, we undertake functional assessments to evaluate the function and movement of specific joints, muscles and tendons. This may involve getting you hopping, squatting, lunging and balancing while we assess your muscle strength, control and power.
This is where we evaluate your body’s ‘engineering’. It is a non-invasive physical assessment to measure any structural or functional issues in your legs and feet that are contributing to your condition / complaints.
Formulating Treatment Plans
Upon completion of these examinations, a tailored treatment plan will be prescribed to address your short and long term treatment requirements.
Short term interventions will likely be aimed at reducing pain and limitations whilst maintaining and improving mobility.
Long term treatment is personalised according your individual goals and the results of the examination process. The strategies implemented will be specifically put in place to help you achieve your health and wellness goals as efficiently as possible.
Strategies may include strength and conditioning programs, mobility programs, strapping, orthotic therapy, running retraining, shockwave therapy, dry needling, foot mobilisation therapy and footwear advice amongst others.
If you want to know more about your foot and leg biomechanics, call us on 92310518 or book online now.
More information on specific treatments dictated by your biomechanical assessment results can be found under our Services tab.