In a 2011 study, our proprietary screening process was analyzed amongst firefighter recruits. The results were staggering - in a screen with a sum total of 21 points, those who scored below 13 incurred 80% of the injury costs vs. those who scored 14 and above incurred 20% of the injury costs. However - as the figure illustrates - those who scored 13 and below were in the minority being only 30% of the population screened yet accounted for the majority of the costs.
Further analysis of hundreds of thousands of screening data points has indicated those who score below 12 on our screen are 3x more likely to get injured than those who score 12 and above.
Therefore, using our screen we can identify how risky your workforce is based upon their ability to move effectively, and, with our Assess, Correct, Develop system, provide preventative measures to mitigate those risks.
The burden of musculoskeletal conditions is significant in terms of treatment and care. This impacts one’s quality of life, mobility, and productivity, which results in higher numbers of missed days at work. In 2011, the annual U.S. cost for treatment and lost wages related to musculoskeletal disorders was $213 billion. When adding the burden of other conditions affecting persons with musculoskeletal conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity, the total indirect and direct costs rose to $874 billion, or 5.7 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2015. Other data on the costs of musculoskeletal diseases and injuries includes:
18% of all health care visits in 2010 were related to musculoskeletal conditions, including 52 million visits for low back pain, and 66 million for bone and joint injuries.
The average annual cost per person for treatment of a musculoskeletal condition is $7,800.
The estimated annual cost for medical care to treat all forms of arthritis and joint pain was $580.9 billion, which represented a 131 percent increase (in 2011 dollars) over 2000.
In 2012, 25.5 million people lost an average of 11.4 days of work due to back or neck pain, for a total of 290.8 million lost workdays in 2012 alone.
With billions of dollars being spent a year on musculoskeletal disorders and other preventable diseases, using a system that both identifies risky individuals and provides the resources they need to reduce their risk for injury becomes invaluable.
Our screening process not only observes your workforce’s ability to move, but also the connections between movement asymmetry and overall health. Using our grip strength test, and the results of a Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiological (PURE) study as a reference point, we are able to screen for indications of reduced heart health.
“Each 11-pound decrease in grip strength over the course of the study was linked to a 16% higher risk of dying from any cause, a 17% higher risk of dying from heart disease, a 9% higher risk of stroke, and a 7% higher risk of heart attack.”
Watch the short video to the right to hear about how participating in our grip strength screening impacted Dan’s life.
Scoring a 12 or higher on our screen indicates an individual is 3x less likely to sustain an musculoskeletal injury. Referencing the above data - the FMS HS system increased the average assessment score from a 10.4 to a 12.5 in 60 days. In just 60 days we took a statistically “high risk” population and lead them to become a “low risk” population. As a result the occurrence of those who experienced pain dropped down to zero percent.
Our data analysis of 16,000 individual movement assessments shows that 60% of injuries occur to those who report experiencing pain during daily life. The data also shows that 64% of people who were injured scored 11 or below on our movement assessment indicating they were “high risk” individuals.
Our goal at FMS HS is to partner with you to build a more durable, resilient, and productive workforce. By reducing the number of people who live in pain and improving their ability to move, we are not just reducing their risk for injury, but also improving their overall quality of life.
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