An evaluation is usually thought of as an initial assessment of an injury.  However, constant evaluation throughout the treatment process usually produces the quickest resolution of the injury and resulting compensation patterns.  Several factors are taken into consideration when determining the nature and extent of your injury.

History—Including all past injuries on your intake form allows the therapist to help determine how and why your injury happened in the first place.  The therapist will also ask you questions about the onset of symptoms or mechanism of injury.

Inspection and Palpation—The texture and tension of your soft tissues will often be the biggest clue to an injury's exact location.  The therapist will constantly evaluate your tissue texture during treatment.

Range of Motion, Ligamentous, Neurological, and Special Testing—A joint's range of motion is often the best indicator of progress.  Pertinent testing will also be utilized to rule out bone, nerve, or ligament damage. 

The therapist will refer you to other medical practitioners for conditions beyond her scope of practice.