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KORT Physical Therapists Now Utilizing the Selective Functional Movement Assessment to Develop a More Comprehensive Treatment Plan for Patients
Date:12/19/2013

Louisville, KY (PRWEB) December 19, 2013

Dr. Josh Bixler, KORT Physical Therapist, says "when you're having pain in your knee you assume your knee is the problem; however, even though your knee may be experiencing the pain, it may not be the cause."

He says by taking a careful look at the entire body, how it moves and assessing any deficiencies, physical therapists can better pinpoint the true cause of a patient’s pain and provide treatments to alleviate it.

A runner’s pain in the right knee may actually be due to other issues such as a left foot, which lacks the motion you need to move, and weak hips and trunk. By treating the hips, trunk and foot, you solve the deficiencies that were creating the knee problem,” said Bixler.

This approach is an example of regional interdependence or the theory that impairments above or below the source of pain may actually be causing it, he said. It is important for physical therapists to look at the whole body and determine where the real problem lies in order to develop an appropriate treatment intervention, said Bixler.

“The regional interdependence approach came about due to the need for a better method to explain and treating musculoskeletal disorders. As we have learned more about the body and how it works we have adapted our treatment methods,” he said.

According to Bixler, current case studies support the regional interdependence theory including thoracic spine (mid-back) treatments for cervical spine (neck) pain; thoracic spine, shoulder blade, rib and cervical spine treatments for pain in the shoulder; cervical spine treatment for elbow pain; hip interventions for lumbar spine (low back) pain; and hip, ankle and foot t
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