Medical Screening is the process by which a physical therapist uses both subjective and objective examination to evaluate collected data and use clinical reasoning to make a decision as to whether to treat the patient, refer the patient or initiate both treatment and referral (1,2). Medical screening is conducted at the ‘systems level’, which involves identifying ‘red flag’ signs and/or symptoms (1). Red flags can be placed into the following classification system: Category I: Factors that require immediate medical attention; Category II: Factors that require subjective questioning and precautionary examination and treatment procedures; and Category III: Factors that require further physical testing and differentiation analysis (3). Physical therapists’ expertise in identifying movement-related dysfunction fulfils the minimum professional requirement to identify pathology falling outside the scope of physical therapy practice (2). This article will highlight appropriate medical screening and physical therapy management for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), concussion and ankle fractures.
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Dr Robert DuVall, PT, DHSc, MMSc, OCS, SCS, ATC, FAAOMPT, MTC, PCC, CSCS has been in been in private practice since 1984. Bob has clinically coordinated care for greater than 15,000 patients before physician intervention. He is ABPTS board certified as an orthopaedic and sports clinical specialist and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. He has obtained Athletic Training Certification and Manual Therapy Certification as well as being the first physical therapist certified in Primary Care Physical Therapy by the University of St. Augustine, as well as completing a post-professional doctorate in the area of Primary Care from the University of St. Augustine. Bob provided physical therapy coverage at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympic Games. Dr DuVall is director of the Orthopaedic Primary Care Residency and Manual Therapy Fellowship Programs at SportsMedicine of Atlanta as well as an assistant professor at the Northeastern, Shenandoah, Alabama State and Florida A&M Universities.
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