What is a physio assessment?


At Hamsa Healing, we're a bit different from your standard physio.

We have a thorough and detailed assessment process to ensure that we are able to identify all possible factors contributing to your pain as well as helping you to discover barriers as to why treatment may not have been successful in the past.

We offer 2 assessment types, a 30 minute assessment, which is more like your standard physiotherapy assessment that you’d be familiar with. We also offer a 60 minute assessment for clients wishing to gain a more in-depth understanding of their injury or condition and accelerate the road to wellbeing.

I like to spend time with my clients, getting to know them. I ask highly detailed questions about the pain, where it is located, what it feels like, how bad it is, when it started, how it started, how long it has been occurring for. I gather information about what movements or positions aggravate the pain, what it takes to bring it on, how long it takes to settle down, how the pain behaves over the course of the day and so much more!

From here, we can take a look at any investigations you may have (X-Rays, MRI’s, CT scans or Ultrasounds). If any further scans are needed, we can send you off to have these done before your next visit.

Scans are not often required initially, but can be a helpful tool when needed. I have a highly trained system of questioning which helps me to accurately diagnose what the most likely cause of your pain is. Usually the main structures causing pain are the joints, muscles and/or nerves. Soft tissue like tendons and ligaments can become inflamed and also cause pain. Being able to identify not only where the pain is (or where it is coming from) but the exact structure causing it and the mechanism/movement it is being caused by is so much more valuable for being able to teach my clients how to minimise the chance of re-injury and maximise the chance of long-term recovery.

I go on to look at the physical assessment. This is where I utilise a myriad of movement tests or special tests which help to further differentiate which structure is most likely responsible for your symptoms and also to check the severity of the condition. These outcome measures become extremely useful in tracking your progress over time and ensuring that we are achieving results in the desired timeframe.

I will perform a treatment to check that it works! The outcome measures should improve. I will give you a bunch of advice and education on your condition and how to help manage it and continue to feel better over the coming days until I see you again. It is important to check in regularly in the earthly phase after the assessment to continue on track to progress. Once we are on track and out of the first phase of treatment (usually about 8 weeks) we can discuss further options for reintegration and maintenance of your progress.

It really is a 2 way street, and I’m here to work with you in achieving your goals, no matter what!


My Assessment

The Subjective Assessment is to gain detailed knowledge on your injury and how you are feeling. Asking questions is the best way to gain a thorough understanding. That's why we spend the time to get to know you.

Some questions that can occur during your assessment consultation may be:

Dr Nadine (Hamsa Healing's Physiotherapist) performing tests on client during assessment consultation

  1. Where is the pain?

  2. What does it feel like?

  3. How bad is it?

  4. Is it there all the time?

  5. When did it start?

  6. How did it happen?

  7. What makes it better?

  8. What makes it worse?

  9. How irritable is it?

  10. How long does it last?

  11. How long does it take to settle?

  12. Time pattern - over the day

  13. Any history of trauma?

  14. Progression

  15. Previos assessments?

  16. Investigations


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