Outcome measurement tool used in physical therapy

An outcome measurement tool is a specific test used by a physical therapist which measures and quantifies your overall functional mobility. These tools are important as they provide your therapist with a very simple and effective way to measure your mobility


Functional outcome measurement tools may serve many different purposes some of the purpose are

  • It helps your physical therapist in goal setting
  •  It helps  to provide your motivation.
  •  It helps to guide you throughout the treatment.
  •  It provides a prognosis for your specific condition
  • It is a justification for the treatment

In addition to that your physical copies may also use many other mymun tools to help assess your progress in the physical therapy your physical purpose member your strength and range of motion with the help of these tools these tools are also helpful in checking your balance posture and gate

 Effective functional outcome measurement tools must meet certain criteria for declaring useful in the physical therapy clinics first of all they must be reliable which means that there results must be consistent with each patient and within the group of patients they have a validity the validity of an outcome measurement test means that it measure exactly and doesn’t have any mistakes in the measurements

An Effective outcome measurement test is usually very easy to administer. A physical therapist will perform this test on you. These tests are mostly practical and simple to perform
Consult your therapist

Different outcome measurement tools

Common functional outcome measurement tools which are used by your physical therapist may include

  • The timed up and go test
  • The Tinetti balance 
  • The gait evaluation
  • The Berg balance scale
  • The six minute walk test
  • The functional reach test
  • The Oswestry low back pain disability questionnaire

The functional Independence measure functional outcome diamond tools give you a baseline and they can also help you to get an idea about your goals you have in your physical therapy if your TUG test is completed in 19 seconds you may set a goal to get it down in 14 seconds. In addition to that nothing can motivate you more than reaching your goals

Your physical therapist will use different tools and techniques for testing different musculoskeletal systems depending on your injury and type of deformity you are suffering from 

make sure to contribute equally with your physical therapist during these tests so that your physical therapist can get an idea about your functional limitations and can set a goal for you

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