Physical Performance Exam

Physical Performance Exam

Physical Performance Evaluation (PPE) may be requested by your referring physician as a stand alone test or in conjunction with other services ordered to obtain a physical baseline to mark your progress. A Physical Demand Assessment test may also be prescribed to determine the physical demands associated with the workers job. The PDA is a comprehensive assessment of the job tasks. This includes quantification (weights, frequency, and duration) of all work tasks.

Physical Performance Evaluations are utilized to test up to but not limited to:

  • Maximal safe limits
  • Standard criteria for postural deviations
  • Pain ratings
  • Heart rate monitored throughout testing
  • Participant Self-Assessment and Rater Agreement Dynamic Strength
  • Ability to perform tasks such as lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling.
  • Looking for signs of maximal effort(defined).
  • Client participation rated by comparing willingness to continue to visual signs of maximal effort.

The following exercises and movements are what the average patient will experience in a Physical Performance Evaluation:

Floor-to-Waist Lifting, Stair Climbing, Repetitive Squatting, Waist-to-Eye Level Lifting, Bilateral Carry, Unilateral Carry, Pushing and Pulling, Position Tolerance, Sitting Tolerance, Standing Tolerance, Elevated Work, Lowered Work, Standing, Kneeling, Sitting, Squatting, Reclining Reach, Mobility, Walking, Crawling, Ladder Climbing, Repetitive Trunk Rotation in Standing, Repetitive Trunk Rotation in Sitting, Balance, Coordination, Finger to Nose as well as other movements depending on your individual needs.

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