Clinical Examination Article Archives

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Shoulder Impingement – 3 Keys to Assessment and Treatment

Shoulder impingement is a really broad term that is used too often. It has become such a commonly used junk term, such as “patellofemoral pain.”

Unfortunately, the use of such a broad term as a diagnosis is not helpful to determine the treatment process. There is no magical “shoulder impingement protocol” that you can pull out of your notebook and apply to a specific person.

I wish it were that simple.

To make the treatment process for shoulder impingement a little more simple, there are 3 things that I typically consider to classify and differentiate shoulder impingement.

Assessing Overhead Arm Elevation - Video Case Study

Assessing Overhead Arm Elevation – Video Case Study

One of the many things I look at during my movement assessment process is overhead arm elevation. The information you gather on the person’s ability to perform such a basic task is often invaluable when designing someone’s performance therapy or training program.

How to Perform a Thorough and Systematic Clinical Examination – Part 4

The latest Inner Circle webinar recording on How to Perform a Thorough and Systematic Clinical Examination – Part 4 is now available. The response to the first two parts of this series was great, so I wanted to add even more detail to the objective section. There is a flow to the objective portion that is very important. In part 3 and 4, I wanted to break that down further, and share a bunch of clinical pearls from experience.

Introduction to Performance Therapy and Training

Do You Want to Learn More About Optimizing Movement and Enhancing Performance? 

I’m really excited to be launching my brand new course for rehabilitation and fitness professionals looking to help people restore, optimize, and enhance performance.   It’s my Introduction to Performance Therapy Training course. And you know what the best part is??? It’s absolutely FREE! I want to help.  When we started our facility at Champion PT and Performance, one of our biggest goals was to develop a simple system for our physical therapists and strength coaches to help people move and perform better. My Introduction to Performance Therapy and Training program will teach you our 4-step system at Champion to assure you have everything you need to start helping people move and perform better.

How to Perform a Thorough and Systematic Clinical Examination – Part 3

The latest Inner Circle webinar recording on How to Perform a Thorough and Systematic Clinical Examination – Part 3 is now available. The response to the first two parts of this series was great, so I wanted to add even more detail to the objective section. There is a flow to the objective portion that is very important. In part 3 and 4, I wanted to break that down further, and share a bunch of clinical pearls from experience.

Measuring the Position and Mobility of the Patella

Measuring the Position and Mobility of the Patella

Measuring the position and mobility of the patella is still a very important component of my clinical examination of the knee.  It gives me a great sense of soft tissue restrictions that may be present when patellar hypomobility is noted.  This is especially common after knee surgery.  But measuring patella mobility is also important to assess generalized laxity when patellar hypermobility is observed.

The first time you feel either of these during your clinical exam, you’ll know what I mean.

But if you read through the literature, you may find conflicting results regarding the validity and reliability of assessing patella position and mobility.

Here’s a simple special test to accurately and reliably measure patella position and mobility during your knee clinical examination.

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How to Perform a Thorough and Systematic Clinical Examination – Part 2

The latest Inner Circle webinar recording on How to Perform a Thorough and Systematic Clinical Examination – Part 2 is now available.

How to Perform a Thorough and Systematic Clinical Examination – Part 1

This month’s Inner Circle webinar is on How to Perform a Thorough and Systematic Clinical Examination – Part 1.  In this presentation, I discuss some of the concepts behind how to structure an excellent clinical examination process.  This will assure that you are always following a systematic process to detect any structural and functional issues, and that you can easily create a plan of treatment to help the person reach their goals.  This is part 1 of 2 and will focus on the general concepts and subjective component of the exam.