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Introduction
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Examination and evaluation of somatosensory function
The examination and evaluation of somatosensory function requires a systematic and comprehensive approach in order to accurately interpret the impact of somatosensory deficits on an individual’s ability to perform specific activities and to participate in activities of daily living. Clinically, the examination of somatosensation is frequently incomplete or lacks the precision to effectively evaluate the impact of somatosensory deficits on motor control and function.  In the absence of detailed and accurate information, the plan of care for a patient will be incomplete, leading to less effective and efficient provision of health care. Health care providers must integrate accurate and effective examination and evaluation of somatosensation into their practice for the following reasons:
  • To establish a more precise differential diagnosis (i.e., if applicable)
  • To more effectively establish a prognosis
  • To develop a plan of care that addresses the impact of identified deficits on an individual’s ability to perform tasks and function in the environment
  • To develop a comprehensive rationale for the plan of care
  • To identify the need for referrals
  • To provide and communicate accurate and reproducible data
  • To provide baseline data to document outcomes of interventions
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