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Selective Functional Movement Assessment
The selective functional movement assessment (SFMA) is a clinical assessment tool designed specifically for certified physical therapists. Formulated as a complementary tool to the foundational physical therapy musculoskeletal exam, the SFMA utilizes a top-to-bottom approach to systematically discover the true root cause of pain. Developed under the premise of regional interdependence (i.e. poor core strength and altered hip motor control lead to knee pain), this physical examination tool strengthens a clinician’s ability to recognize asymptomatic dysfunctional movement patterns that may be the underlying cause. By identifying all areas of dysfunction, we can more precisely administer corrective exercises to relieve pain / strain and improve overall function. This exam is standardized, repeatable and is routinely incorporated into our initial evaluations and re-evaluations at Furnace Brook PT at no additional cost to the patient.