Do you want to prevent injuries?

A musculoskeletal screening is an effective tool to help reduce your injury risk, or to gather information on risk factors that could be causing you to get injuries in the first place. A musculoskeletal screening will involve collecting information about your injury history, as well as conducting a series of physical examination screening tests to look at your muscle strength, muscle length, joint control, joint stability and joint mobility. All of these factors may increase your risk of injury and can be identified in a musculoskeletal screening.

There is increasing evidence that injury rates can be significantly reduced through the implementation of sports-specific and musculoskeletal screenings during your pre-season and when combined with appropriate injury prevention training programs in-season.

Musculoskeletal Screenings allow physiotherapists to gain information about:

  • History of current and previous injuries, allowing for targeted and improved injury management and future injury prevention planning
  • Identify areas of weakness that can be vulnerable to future injury if not targeted with specific exercise prescription
  • Track physical changes over time as well as responses to training load in developing athletes, allowing for improved management of high training and competition loading
  • Allows for correct exercise prescription for optimum musculoskeletal conditioning to allow for effective sports-specific strengthening and performance.

What to expect in your screening

When should I be screened?

A musculoskeletal screening examination would be best performed at the start of your pre-season or when starting a new sport. This will allow for any injury risk factors to be identified before it’s too late and you sustain an injury. Initially a full musculoskeletal screening examination should be performed to allow your physiotherapist to gain an in-depth understanding of your sporting and musculoskeletal profile.  As screenings identify your potential risk factors towards injury, this allows for the development of individualised training programs based on the findings. Musculoskeletal screenings not only provide your physiotherapist with crucial information for injury prevention but also allow for baseline measures to be collected that can be used as references for general monitoring and future rehabilitation if needed.
 
Musculoskeletal screenings are especially crucial for adolescent athletes as it allows physiotherapists to determine the impact of growth on strength and sporting activities. Adolescence is a time of high injury rates and therefore musculoskeletal screenings will provide an optimal opportunity to help athletes, coaches and parents with appropriate education about acute injuries, optimal recovery methods and training approaches during this period.
 
Follow up reviews of your training program together with follow up musculoskeletal screenings ensures that your specific training program is addressing the outcomes identified from the initial  musculoskeletal screening examination. Areas that improve and no longer need as much attention, as well as any new areas that may be identified will guide how future injury prevention programs are constructed.
 

What does it involve?

A typical musculoskeletal screening assessment will involve assessing posture, movement patterns, muscle strength and endurance, sports-specific movement and joint flexibility. The results of your  musculoskeletal screening are collated by your physiotherapist who can then provide you, your coaches and high performance staff with crucial information that can help influence your training to improve performance and reduce the chance of injury. 
 
Physio Fit conducts screenings for the following sports and types of exercise:

When should musculoskeletal screenings take place?

A musculoskeletal screening examination would be best performed at the start of your pre-season or when starting a new sport. This will allow for any injury risk factors to be identified before it’s too late and you sustain an injury

Who can undertake a musculoskeletal screening?

Anyone that would like a detailed understanding of their injury risk or why they have been getting injured in the first place. Anyone that is looking to be pain free during exercise

What is tested in a musculoskeletal screen?

A typical musculoskeletal screening assessment will involve assessing posture, movement patterns, muscle strength and endurance, sports-specific movement and joint flexibility.

What information can I expect to receive?

You can expect to receive a detailed understanding of your joint mobility, muscle strength and joint stability. You will receive a detailed report from your physiotherapist outlining the findings and an individualised plan targeted at working on any weaknesses identified.

Whether your goal is to add 10kgs to your squat or to simply be able to play with your children, our physiotherapists can assist in developing an exercise program that is appropriate for your current level of health and fitness.

Your Physiotherapy appointment will consist of:
Listening – We listen to understand you, what activities you enjoy, how your problem has presented and how it affects your life.
Accurate diagnosis – We may need to refer you for diagnostic imaging such as MRI, X-Ray or ultrasound.
Assessing & addressing the causative factors to your injury – We settle your pain & address the reason why it presented.

This will allow us to create a personalised management plan, in which we will encompass your goals, a clear diagnosis and a time frame to achieve these within.

We are passionate about what we do and we are here to guide you every step of the way!

Appropriate Clothing – We may be getting you to do some exercise as part of your assessment. Please, dress appropriately for this if possible.
Previous Medical Imaging Results – If you have had any imaging done for your current injury, please bring these along to your appointment. If you don’t have access to them, that’s completely fine - we will be able to access them if we need to.
Referral – A referral isn’t required to see a physiotherapist privately. However, if you are part of the Medicare EPC, DVA, Work Cover or Third Party Insurance programs, you will need to bring your referral on the day.
Private Health Insurance Card – We require you to have your Private Health Insurance card with you to claim your rebate on the spot through HICAPS.

If you are a private physiotherapy client then no referral is required and you can book in as soon as it fits into your schedule. If you have an injury which is covered by either DVA, Medicare EPC, Work Cover or Third Party Insurance programs, then you will need to bring this along; otherwise you can pay the full appointment fee and claim back later from the relevant program above.

We have HICAPS terminals at both of our clinics which allows us to process your private health insurance claim on the spot, meaning that you only have to pay the ‘gap’ remaining.

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