What is a physiotherapist?
Preventing pain at work
or "Cold" ?
Your first visit...
pain | Low back pain
| Shoulder pain
| Hip pain
| Knee pain
| Ankle sprain
What will the physiotherapist do for me on
my first visit?
First you will undergo a thorough evaluation
of the neck to help your therapist determine the following:
- Pain behavior/pattern (what, where, when,
- Your activity and postural habits as this
may influence your pain
- Screen for serious medical problem that might
require urgent medical attention and not physiotherapy attention.
- Establish the clinical diagnosis find
the structure at fault for causing you neck or arm pain.
- Establish your goals of treatment
parts to all good evaluations
this will help your therapist get a good idea of your pain behavior
and establish a provisional clinical diagnosis before the physical
Physical Exam systematically and
accurately determines the structure at fault.
- Posture your posture
gives your therapist insight as to how you have been using your
spine in the past years. This posture may contribute to your
- Neck flexibility you
will be asked to move your neck in 6 directions.
- Arm strength testing
your therapist needs to pinpoint the weak muscle groups and
determine if your cervical spine works well.
- Sensation and reflex testing
your therapist needs to find out if you have any numb areas
in your neck or arm to determine good functioning of your nerve
coming out of your cervical spine.