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5 Easy Screens You Should Be Using

What are some easy and essential screening techniques you should be using as part of a movement based evaluation?

Cervical retraction and sidebending in supine

originally posted here with video
  • forget the press and guess or poke and hope
  • check and correlate with a loss of ability to accept load on the ipsilateral side of complaint
  • learn how to integrate this into your clinical practice in the Clinical Practice Patterns of the UQ on Modern Manual Therapy Premium

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2) terminal knee extension

original post here
  • a loss of terminal knee extension has been correlated with a lack of function and re-injury after ACL repair
  • passively check the knee in supine for terminal knee extension and if lost, that becomes your mobilization to fix it
  • after restoring this, re-check single limb stance, hop, etc

3) passive shoulder extension

  • again, a simple screen that actually checks a common loss of shoulder Mobility and thoracic rotation to the ipsilateral side
  • the directional preference is then one of these three resets which can easily be taught to the patient

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I enjoy educating patients that their "tight" hamstrings are often just motor control issues or a perception of stretch, but not a "length" issue

5) Half kneel ankle dorsiflexion

  • original post here
  • this is a simple and reliable test to give the patient baselines for home and performance
  • if this is limited and asymmetrical, they need to reset it

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