The musculoskeletal system provides form, support, stability, and movement to the body. It is made up of the bones of the skeleton, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints, and other connective tissue that supports and binds tissues and organs together.
Are you at risk?
Have you ever wondered why you have sudden pain that wasn’t caused by a traumatic incident, or why you have minor symptoms that gradually become severe? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a simple test – similar to a blood pressure check or cholesterol test – that could detect your risk for certain life-altering injuries?
It is widely known that annual visits to the doctor help detect potential medical threats. A doctor can diagnose illnesses by using blood tests that indicate levels of blood sugar, cholesterol, triglycerides, etc. If there are any problem areas, the doctor can prescribe medications that will keep those problems under control. Regular visits to the dentist will be able to detect decay before you feel it, and the dentist can correct those problems, too.
A Musculoskeletal (MSK) Assessment is a comprehensive analysis of your body that takes into account nearly 1,000 points of data related to your musculoskeletal health. This involves reviewing your medical history, your current health practices and a series of physical movements and measurements recorded by a qualified physical therapy specialist. Once complete, the MSK assessment will provide you with a set of scores showing any risk factors for injury to your neck, back, arms and legs.
Why get a MSK Assessment?
Here are some things to consider.
- Most musculoskeletal injuries are preventable. Once your risk factors are identified, many of them can be reduced by a home therapy program. Some might require evaluation and treatment by a physical therapist.
- Knowing their risk factors often motivates people to take action to reduce their risks. It's helpful to understand your risk for problems with your neck, back, arms and legs. Then you can work on lowering those risk scores.
- You might save money. You know the saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The costs of prevention are small compared to the costs associated with an injury.
- Avoid down time at work. Musculoskeletal issues are among the top reasons for lost time at work.
- Stay younger and more active longer. MSK issues prevent you from being active. In turn, loss of activity is known to accelerate age-related factors.
- Increase your productivity. Nagging pain and injuries prevent employees from doing their best work consistently. By knowing your MSK score, you can reduce those risk factors and be a more productive employee.
To sum up: By completing a MSK Assessment, you will know if you have any risk factors for injury. You will be able to take steps to correct those risk factors, and you will be on your way to a happier, healthier and more productive life!
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