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What is a free initial assessment?

Published: June 26, 2020

At Back in Motion we offer free initial assessments to anyone for any injury, niggle or issue. So what does this involve exactly?

Firstly, your physiotherapist will ask you a range of questions regarding the history of your pain – this is called a subjective assessment. This may include:

  • Your symptoms, lifestyle, health, and work
  • When and how the problem started
  • What makes it better or worse
  • What it prevents you doing and how that impacts on your life
  • Your expectations or experiences with physiotherapy or other health practitioners.

If you have never had physiotherapy or visited us before it can be quite daunting telling a stranger about you pain and problems. We will endeavour to make you feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible. Feel free to ask any questions or outline any concerns you may have.


Your physiotherapist will then begin the physical (or objective) examination, which will be tailored to specific areas of your body based on your subject assessment. This may involved an analysis of your movement patterns, strength, range of motion, reflexes, sensation and a palpation (hands on) assessment or your painful area(s) and surrounding joints or tissue. Your physiotherapist will also examine any documents, images, and reports that you have provided. This includes x-rays, radiological reports, laboratory tests, surgical notes, or other relevant records.


At the end of the assessment your Physiotherapist will have an accurate diagnosis, which will be explained to you in detail. You will be able to ask any questions about your diagnosis and further information can be provided to you if you wish. Your physio will then discuss the intended treatment plan, both for that day, if you wish to proceed with treatment, and for the future sessions. The length of time and number of visits to your Physiotherapist before your condition is healed will depend on a number of factors. The severity of your condition will be a consideration, but also how long your problem has been present is a key factor. Conditions that have been ongoing for a long time, known as chronic conditions, as opposed to more acute injuries, typically take longer to rehabilitate. All of which will be discussed in your initial assessment.


If you would like more information on our free initial assessment or to book your free assessment with a Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist at Back in Motion Aspendale Gardens follow the link here.