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Diagnostic Testing Article

Piedmont Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center pioneers in understanding and resolving pain. One common cause of chronic pain is the lack of a complete diagnosis. Piedmont Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, P.A. offers innovative diagnostic testing procedures to help target and assess the root cause of your pain. Testing methods include:

Diagnostic Testing Methods for Curing Pain Overview

FCE & Structural Design Limits

The Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) assesses both the ability to perform a task and the structural design limits of the person who is actually doing the task. This standardized evaluation is also commonly referred to as a physical capacity evaluation, work capacity evaluation, or disability assessment.

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The testing tends to focus on work activities (in an effort to reduce the potential for injury). Someone undergoing an FCE should expect to perform activities such as sitting, standing, walking, reaching, lifting, and bending. The FCE is equally applicable, however, to avocational activities such as working in the yard, helping move furniture within the home, or lifting a grandchild.

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Piedmont Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center pioneers in understanding and resolving pain. One common cause of chronic pain is the lack of a complete diagnosis. Piedmont Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, P.A. offers innovative diagnostic testing procedures to help target and assess the root cause of your pain. Testing methods include:

Diagnostic Testing Methods for Curing Pain Overview

Thermography-Musculskeletal Sympathetic Skin Response Studies

Medical Thermography For Weather-Sensitive Pain (Sympathetic Galvonic Skin Studies)

Medical Thermography for weather-sensitive pain is a sensitive, objective test that utilizes an electronic infrared imaging device to measure the body’s skin temperature (sympathetic galvonic skin response). The procedure is harmless, non-invasive, and does not use ionizing radiation.

While safeguards are built into the test to assure that the findings are both consistent and reproducible over time, there are several “Do’s and “Don’ts” for the procedure that can help minimize those things that can inappropriately impact the outcome.

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Piedmont Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center pioneers in understanding and resolving pain. One common cause of chronic pain is the lack of a complete diagnosis. Piedmont Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, P.A. offers innovative diagnostic testing procedures to help target and assess the root cause of your pain. Testing methods include:

Diagnostic Testing Methods for Curing Pain Overview

Gait Analysis

Gait analysis can be used to reduce back or leg pain and increase endurance.

Walking is the most convenient way to travel short distances. Free joint mobility and appropriate muscle force increases walking efficiency. As the body moves forward, one limb typically provides support (the stance limb) while the other limb is advanced (the swing limb).

Shock absorption and energy conservation are important aspects of efficient walking. Altered joint motion or absent muscle forces may increase joint reaction (contact) forces and lead subsequently to additional pathology. In the early stance phase of gait, nearly 60 percent of one’s body weight is loaded abruptly (less than 20 milliseconds) onto the stance limb.

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