If you’ve been injured or had a surgery, it’s important to understand your body’s limitations. We measure these limitations with a series of tests called functional assessments.
Functional assessments are used to test the forces that affect your shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles. We’ll test your shoulder to see how you perform during throwing and overhead activities. The hips, knees, and ankles will be tested as you run and walk on a treadmill to better understand your gait.
After we’ve collected information about your movement patterns, we’ll design a treatment plan for you. We’ll also use the information to measure your progress in therapy. Our goal is to help you return to your highest level of mobility and function.
Types of Assessments
We offer many types of functional assessments, from basic to complex. Our basic level includes observation by a therapist, tests, and a simple video analysis. Our more complex level tests your balance and joint movements by using 3-D motion capture, force plates, and multiple plane analysis.
Whether you’re having a functional assessment for your upper or lower body, our tests will include:
- Observation, assessment, and a personalized treatment plan
- Video analysis of specific movements and activities: Walking or running on a treadmill
- Measuring your gait pattern
- Two leg and single leg motions
- Front and side views (multiple plane)
- 3-D motion capture
- Force plate testing, which will measure:
- The stress on your joints
- Whether or not your balance is equal
- The motion that causes the most stress to your joints
- Analysis by therapist and bio-mechanist
- Your information will be collected and saved to see if you’re making progress.
- You’ll receive a personalized treatment plan based on your test results and your goals for improvement.
In the News
This KUTV news report demonstrates the 3-D capture technology used at TOSH to analyze your motion and assess functional fitness.