MOVEMENT ANALYSIS is the defining skill of the Physical Therapist. Movement Analysis is one of the most important assessment tools because of the insight it provides in terms of the patient’s movement problems as well as how to intervene. Importantly, it enables the PT to treat the source of the patient’s problem rather than just the symptoms and therefore make more permanent changes in the patient’s functional capabilities. Movement analysis allows the Physical Therapist to determine the role that compensation and biomechanical constraints play in contributing to ‘abnormal’ or problematic movement strategies. The purpose of this presentation is to the describe the critical role that movement analysis plays in clinical decision-making and determine intervention strategies designed to minimize the impact of compensation on masking underlying movement capabilities the patient may possess.
Course Objectives: By attending this course, participants will:
Discuss how treatment can be designed to promote recovery while patients engage in functional tasks
Identify biomechanical constraints that limit movement options and functional outcomes
Learn how to manipulate the environment in order to minimize the impact of biomechanics constraints
Design interventions to improve gait by applying knowledge of normal gait and practicing observational gait analysis in a patient population