Living With the FMS: Reconciling Training with Test Results

Living With the FMS: Reconciling Training with Test Results

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a screening tool designed to identify those individuals at risk for musculoskeletal disorders. The purpose of the FMS is to provide early diagnosis and treatment options for these patients before they develop into clinical conditions such as osteoporosis or rheumatoid arthritis.1

In the past, there were no reliable tests available to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal problems. However, over time new diagnostic tools have been developed to better assess and classify patients.2 These tests are referred to as “screening” tests because they are intended to detect potential health issues before they become symptomatic.3–5

There are two types of screening tests used in medicine: Diagnostic Tests and Screening Tests. Diagnostic tests determine whether a condition exists; while screening tests are used to make decisions about which patients to examine first.6

Screening tests can be divided into two categories: Clinical and Nonclinical.7 Clinically based screening tests involve physical examinations performed under medical supervision.

They include blood work, urinalysis, chest x-ray, electrocardiogram (EKG), and other laboratory testing. Nonclinical screening tests require no medical supervision and are usually conducted in nonmedical settings. These commonly used tests include the blood pressure measurement in a doctor’s office, skin cancer screening via the ABCDs of melanoma, vision testing, hearing tests, and dental examinations.

The FMS is intended to be a non-technical clinical screen designed to identify patients at risk for functional limitations.

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