How does your physical therapist measure balance? How about functional mobility?
Some things in physical therapy are easy to measure. If you have knee pain, your therapist may measure your knee range of motion. He or she will use a goniometer to obtain a pretty accurate measurement of the amount of motion around your knee joint.
But balance and mobility may be more difficult to measure. Can you walk without falling? Do you use an assistive device like a cane or a walker? How long does it take you to walk a specific distance?
Outcome measurement tools allow your physical therapist to quantify abstract functional mobility and balance impairments. A quantifiable measurement is important. It helps your physical therapist set goals, direct treatment, and determine progress. Many insurance companies are requiring specific outcomes measurements as a means for determining reimbursement.
If you are involved in a physical therapy program, ask your physical therapist if he or she uses specific outcomes measurement tools.
- Read more: Functional and Balance Outcome Measurements