Biomechanical Assessment

Biomechanics is the scientific study of internal and external forces and the effects of those forces on and within the human body.

The field of biomechanics can analyse and interpret the cause and effect of forces applied to and by the body. Biokineticists' are involved in a range of activities, from technical performance analysis, to injury prevention and rehabilitation methods.

A Biomechanical Assessment involves a complex and thorough evaluation of the all the body segments and body position whilst weight bearing and non-weight bearing.

The biomechanical examination is a critical part of the evaluation for determining the full cause of an injury and deciding the correct approach to fix the cause and resultant symptoms.

The information gained from a biomechanical assessment forms the basis for the treatment protocol and rehabilitation programme.

The assessment consists of determining muscle strength, range-of-motion at the limb joints and the angular relationships of the involved segments.

When is a Biomechanical assessment required or recommended?

My rule of thumb is to ask yourself if you fit into any of the following categories:

  • Do you have pain in your hip, thigh, knee, shin, ankle, foot, or lower back during work, exercise and/or walking/running?
  • Are you recovering from injury?
  • Are you recovering from surgery?
  • Do you want to optimize your biomechanics to reduce their risk of injury? So for those of you who are debating whether to spend the money having a biomechanical assessment, here is what it involves and how you can help An assessment of the alignment at your knees, hip, pelvis and back and its implications to biomechanics and injury

When an Assessment has been done we can then:

  • Identify the specific muscles and joints
  • Establish your risk of injury or re-injury (e.g. Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, knee pain)
  • Help prevent injury or re-injury
  • Give you recommendations for which areas to target when completing rehabilitation or injury prevention exercise
  • Discuss how your work station, home environment, movement techniques or footwear may have led to an and/or assist your injury
  • Prescribe exercises to help you achieve any of your goals
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Biomechanical assessment can help with:

Scoliosis

Lordosis

Kyphosis

Neck Disorders

Upper Back Problems

Shoulder Issues

Golfers Elbow

Tennis Elbow

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Lower Back Pathologies

Hip problems

Shin Splints

Runners Knee and other Knee complaints

Limb length discrepancies

Pronation

Heel pain

Plantar fasciitis

Ankle pain

Forefoot and toe pain

Hammer toes

Flat feet

Hallux rigidus

Hallux limitus

Morton's neuroma

Metatarsalgia

 

Just to mention some of the conditions