Center for Movement Performance

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes this clinic different?

Typical physical therapy evaluations are allotted 30 - 60 minutes. They involve standard assessments with several follow-up visits. The average physical therapist will see 15 - 20 patients per day.  The Center for Movement Performance is devoted to high quality assessment for running and all movement related dysfunction. We utilize state of the art equipment along with advanced clinical assessment. This type of assessment allows us to quantify potential biomechanical faults which may cause movement dysfunction. Our assessment requires significantly more time to complete and utilizes state of the art equipment to provide objective data. We work with fewer clients to provide  optimal care. This allows us to produce superior results. The equipment we use is not available in standard physical therapy or personal training practices. We provide in depth and comprehensive therapy to manage your problems the most efficacious way possible.

What is biomechanics?

This is  the study of how and why we move. The study of the forces (kinetics) and motion (kinematics) using the laws of physics to explain normal from abnormal human movement or function. By assessing abnormal movement or forces, one can minimize or eliminate these potential risk factors. Excessive motion or force can lead to tissue failure. By reducing or removing these biomechanical faults, recovery of function or improved movement/performance can occur.     

How can a biomechanical evaluation help me?

By measuring the motion and forces applied to the body during human function, potential causes of dysfunction can be identified. Typical physical therapy or personal training assessments do not utilize biomechanical assessments due to a lack of sufficient equipment and expertise to perform this type of assessment. A great deal of guesswork and assumption becomes necessary without the ability to measure force and motion during activity. Accurate assessment of running, jumping, or cutting activities are impossible without the aid of specialized equipment. This happens because the human eye is incapable of assessing normal from pathological motion during sports because the movement is too fast.   The use of high speed cameras and force measuring systems are required to accurately assess movement activities during sport motion by slowing down the motion and recording precise force analysis.

When should I have an ACL risk assessment?

There is no standard as to when to begin testing. Most ACL injuries are non-contact 70% of the time; that is, no one hit them—the knee just collapsed. This occurs due to faulty movement patterns. The movement patterns involved in sport need to be accurately assessed  and retrained if faulty. Current evidence states that there is a 300% risk increase in ACL injury when biomechanical movement faults exist. The data supports neuromuscular retraining, which is training the brain and the muscular system to act in a manner that will allow adequate attenuation of movement forces.  Without adequate feedback to assess faulty movement from proper movement neuromuscular retraining is impossible.  

Without the ability to measure movement, current ACL prevention programs are inadequate for optimal assessment and prevention. We recommend testing to begin at approximately 10 - 12 years of age, although any age from this period on will help reduce injury risk. Girls with knee cap pain (patella) have also been shown to have a higher risk of ACL injury. Risk of injury rises with age, with the highest risk occurring at ages 16 - 20. If you have abnormal movement patterns, you are at a high risk for injury at any age. By correcting the abnormal patterns, the risk for injury is significantly diminished.  

How long does my assessment take?

The biomechanical assessment will take about 2 hours to complete. Standard physical therapy evaluations in other practices usually take 30 - 60 minutes. The assessment provided here is far more comprehensive, which allows us to assess and address all of your biomechanical issues.  Range of motion, Strength, and movement pattern analysis involving six different movements are analyzed.   We specialize in problems that others have not been able to remedy.  

What should I wear for the assessment?

Since we assess how you move, we need access to your bony architecture. The use of shorts with a bare chest for males and shorts with a sports bra for females are recommended. This will enable us to perform the analysis to the best of our ability. Please wear the shoes you normally run or walk in.  

Do I need to bring anything to the evaluation?

Please bring any medical reports if you have them. You will be asked to fill out a medical evaluation form prior to your assessment.  

How much does it cost for my assessment?

Assessment of extremity and back pain will cost approximately $100. Biomechanical running, movement, and injury risk assessments cost $200.  Follow up sessions if required or requested are $100 per one hour session.  

Do you accept insurance?

At this time we do not accept insurance. Our service is rather unique and current insurance policies do not reimburse adequately for the time required to complete your assessment. If you have out-of-network insurance coverage or a health savings account, these may reimburse for our services. You must check with your individual provider. We will assist you with the paperwork.

What happens next after I get my evaluation?

You will be issued a verbal summary of your results. Corrective action that is required will be discussed. You can continue with a treatment plan here or perform a treatment plan with your own therapist or trainer. We will discuss your results with your doctor, therapist, or trainer upon your request.   We will send you a report within one week of your evaluation.
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