Assess and Reassess! While these words might sound easy, as a novice clinician I often find myself clinging to a single deficit and treating that impairment. I become so focused on the intervention, positioning, and client's initial reaction to the treatment, that I forget to perform a proper reassessment. This strategy can work for a while, but it is truly fixing the source of a client's problems? I sometimes fail to see the global effects I am having on the patient.
In this post, Mike Reinold discusses the importance of continually assessing a patient's impairments, quantifying the impairment, treating it, and then reassessing the patient's response. Reassessment allows your treatment sessions to be more individualized, can be diagnostic, and most importantly builds client confident and compliance.
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