Providing high quality care requires identification of not only the source of the pain, but the dysfunction that has resulted in the pain. If the primary dysfunction is not addressed, the problem is destined to return. A thorough, detailed examination is required because the dysfunction, or root cause of the problem, is often not where the pain is located. It is my passion to identify the cause of your problem so that I can get you out of pain and return you to full, healthy activity as quickly as possible.
Evaluation & Assessment
The goal of every assessment is to identify not just the source of the pain, but the actual cause of the problem. At Hartman Spine & Joint a thorough examination is performed to identify both where the pain is coming from and the originating dysfunction that initiated the problem. By identifying the original or primary dysfunction, I am able to achieve faster, more effective and longer lasting results for you. Depending on your needs, examinations will involve any combination of the following:
Functional Evaluation : This will involve movement assessments such as watching you walk, lunge or squat to identify improper movement patterns. Often, you will not move with ideal patterns or strategies, which can result in decreased performance, injury or both.
Orthopedic Assessment : Orthopedic tests are movements either performed by the physician or by the patient that stress and test the integrity of a structure (muscle, bone, joint, tendon, ligament).
Neurological Examination : This may involve testing reflexes, muscle strength, nerve integrity, balance, or the ability to feel sensations on your arms, legs or torso.
Soft Tissue Palpation/Assessment : Soft tissues such as muscles, tendons and ligaments are frequently injured. At Hartman Spine & Joint powerful soft tissue techniques are offered. Having the ability to both assess and treat soft tissue injury allows me to speed up recovery time and keep you active without forcing you to rest.
Joint Motion Palpation : Palpation (manually assessing) joints is very important to Dr. Hartman. Motion palpation assesses joint function by palpating the joint as it is brought through a motion. It has been found to be the most accurate way of finding joint dysfunction.