Musculoskeletal Screening

Tackling one of the major causes of ill health at work

Musculoskeletal Screening is 100% confidential and employee centred. It takes about 90 minutes to screen each employee. At the end of the screening the employee will be given a corrective exercise programme, which will be emailed to them with videos attached, to demonstrate each exercise. A report will be created outlining the findings from the musculoskeletal screening and the treatment prescribed. On occasion onward referral may be suggested: this includes GP, biomechanics and physiotherapy. At approximately 6 weeks, the employee will have a review assessment of the previous risk factors identified and the effectiveness of the corrective exercise programme.

Previous musculoskeletal injuries
Our physiotherapists will compile a detailed history of your previous musculoskeletal injuries. As all to often although the pain may have resolved from a previous injury, individuals adapt a maladaptive movement pattern that can result in the recurrences of the problem or cause another musculoskeletal problem.

We gather information about your most habitual postures both at work and at home. Postural faults are at the root of almost every injury – so this is where we start. The musculoskeletal system experiences continual stress and strain be it sitting at our desks for long periods or repetitive manual tasks. Posture correction is fundamental to injury prevention.

Movement screening
After identifying obvious postural faults, watching how a person moves during specific tests can expose key muscle weaknesses, inflexibilities and faulty movement patterns. This movement could be a learned behavior or adapted after a previous musculoskeletal injury. At Proactive works we use The Functional Movement Screen (FMS). It is a screening tool designed to identify compensatory movement patterns that are indicative of increased injury risk and inefficient movement. The FMS has a degree of predictive ability for identifying individuals who are at an increased risk of injury.

Muscle strength, flexibility and endurance
Tests of muscular strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility are assessed to determine the functional health status of the musculoskeletal system. Flexibility is the ability to move the body parts through a wide range of motion without undue strain to the articulations and muscle attachments. Maintaining a reasonable degree of flexibility is necessary for efficient body movement. During our assessment of muscle strength and flexibility we look for any asymmetries and focus your corrective exercise programme on any found.

Joint mobility
Along with flexibility, maintaining joint mobility is fundamental for optimal musculoskeletal function. When joints don’t get a chance to move through their full range of motion on a regular basis, they tend to get tight. Sustained postures such as sitting, combined with the aging process, allow the ligamentous tissue around the back and hip joints to tighten.

Muscle control, core stability
Core stability is the ability of all your abdominal and back muscles working at their optimal level to control the position and motion of your trunk over your pelvis. Pain often inhibits and weakens the core and over time your body compensates for this weakness by increasing the use of other muscles. This can also occur with sedentary lifestyle or poor mechanical habits.

Following the Musculoskeletal Screening, any anomalies identified are addressed with a corrective exercise programme to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injury.