Physical Exam

Our physical exam has 2 parts. A head to toe bedside exam and a biomechanics analysis. The physical exam allows us to pinpoint any subtle neurologic dysfunction. The gait analysis allows us find any pain drivers that come from how you move around. We combine this information with our diagnostic data and then make a decision about what rehab is appropriate.

Bedside Exam

The bedside exam is our chance to uncover the small details that often go undiscovered in complex cases. During the exam, we’re trying to bring out small dysfunctions and test their endurance to get a feel for how how hard the rehab should be. Every aspect of your nervous system, from head to toe, will be checked in detail. At the end, you’ll have a detailed understanding of what is wrong, and we’ll have a good grasp of what needs to be done in terms of therapy.

Movement Analysis

The foundation of our gait analysis is measuring joint angles during different phases in your gait cycle. Research tells us what the normal numbers should be, and we let the numbers from your gait assessment guide much of the early orthopedic rehab. Once we get the angles right, we can start to build more complex rehab on top of it.

Metabolic Intake

Before we order lab work, you’ll fill out some metabolic intake questionnaires so we have a better understanding of where to look. Chances are, if you’re labeled as “chronic”, you’ve had some testing done and most of it was probably “normal”. Because of this, we’re trained to look in places traditional medicine does not, and we’re trained to look for the subtleties in your lab work. Checking for things like Lyme disease, mold, and parasites are very common underlying drivers in chronic cases.