3. The Knee OA Patient Interview Part 1: Determining The Profile, Symptom Map, and the Reason For Seeking Physical Therapy Consultation
This chapter covers how to conduct the initial part of the patient interview, which is the basis for early hypothesis formation. It is essential to accurately determine the location, quality, severity and intensity of symptoms at the knee and in areas that could be related to the knee. This information must be carefully documented onto a body chart or symptom map which then serves as an important part of the baseline from which to plan the examination and to ultimately determine change with intervention. The early interview determines the patient’s typical activities and the impact their symptoms is having on their life. The early interview should also very carefully determine goals and expectations for seeking physical therapy consultation.