Every patient who walks through your door will be put through a movement assessment; that much we know for sure. But how often do you need to buckle down and perform a full selective functional movement assessment (SFMA)? Turns out, you can use this strategy on just about everyone! The keyword being “just about.”
When is SFMA appropriate?
Dr. Michael Voight, the lead instructor of the Advances in Clinical Education SFMA course, warns that patients who are post operative are not the ideal candidates for an SFMA assessment. Because these patients are recovering and will most likely not be able to fully activate the area of operation, he suggests that you put the SFMA on hold until he or she has full, passive, pain-free range of motion.
“(Once they reach full range of motion) I would run them through my SFMA to find out what movement patterns or what impairments might have been present that caused the problem in the first place.”
Watch the video below to hear more of Dr. Voight’s insight on SFMA timing, sign up for one of his courses today and dive deeper into the practice by checking out the rest of the SFMA Professional Series!