Upon your arrival at Smith Performance Center, our primary goal is to comprehensively understand the source of your pain or symptoms.
Our physical therapists initiate this by gathering crucial information through a medical history form, conducting detailed interviews about your experiences, performing thorough examinations, creating an initial list of potential diagnoses, validating our hypotheses through treatment, and finally, devising an initial home plan. This phase in our rehabilitation process is aptly termed ‘Diagnosis and Home Plan Development’. While not creatively titled, it accurately encapsulates the process our team undertakes.
A concrete diagnosis is pivotal for us to confidently provide effective assistance.
However, arriving at a diagnosis can be challenging due to various reasons. These complexities range from the diverse causes of pain (such as injury, inflammation, nerve-related issues, sensitization, psychogenic factors, and dysfunctional conditions) to individual-specific challenges.
Some individuals struggle to articulate their experiences effectively, while others may not exhibit rapid responses to treatment due to the absence of a clear injury. Additionally, some cases involve multiple factors contributing to the pain, where treating one might exacerbate another.
5 Reasons You May Struggle To Get A Diagnosis And The Right Treatment
Here are the primary reasons you might encounter difficulties in obtaining a diagnosis and the appropriate treatment:
- Compromised Feedback Loop: This occurs when feedback from our examinations, treatments, or home plans is lacking, delayed, or inconsistent—an unfortunately common occurrence.
- Treatment Issues: These encompass scenarios where there’s either no response, inconsistent response, or a poor response to treatment methods.
- Injury Presentation: Ranging from highly irritable injuries to multiple pain generators or very low irritability, the way injuries manifest can significantly impede diagnosis.
- Issues with Diagnostic Information: These include subjective, unclear, or conflicting information during examination and treatment, negative examinations, the absence of key signs, and the involvement of multiple contributing factors or tissues.
- Patient Reporting: Factors such as patient influence from online sources or previous medical advice, symptom masking due to medication during sessions, difficulty in noting bodily changes or cessation of activities causing symptoms can all impact accurate reporting.
Understanding and addressing these challenges is crucial for an accurate diagnosis and devising effective treatment plans.