Measurement Evaluation: Physical Therapy

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Measurement evaluation: Physical therapy Goals in physical therapy should encompass both short and long-term functionality. For example, when setting goals for an injured student athlete (such as a runner with a stress fracture), the physical therapist's short-term goals may include the runner attaining his or her mobility again, without pain. Pain management, icing, learning how to be mobile on crutches if necessary, and developing exercises to maintain physical fitness without exacerbating the injury are all necessary components of the short run goals for the course of treatment. Strengthening muscles to correct leg-length discrepancies, creating a balanced nutritional and exercise program to avoid overtraining and overstraining the bones and muscles of the athlete again would fall into the long-range goals of treatment for the patient, as would returning to the athlete's former level of competitive fitness as an athlete. The short-term and long-term goals of physical therapy will likely need to be negotiated and renegotiated over the course of the patient's treatment. If the patient is healing quickly, pain management techniques may become less important. On the other hand, if the treatment reveals more serious problems that were not immediately apparent during the initial evaluation (such as orthopedic issues), the long and the short-range goals may change. The fact that goals are not 'set in stone' may cause some to ask: why set goals at all, given the
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