Functional Movement Screen (FMS)


If you want to improve your performance in your favorite sport or need to lower your risk factors for injury, you may be a good candidate for Functional Movement Screen™. At Empire Physical Therapy & Athletic Rehabilitation, PC, in New York City, you can undergo this valuable screening to identify movements that may lead to injury or chronic pain. Physical therapists Billy Reilly and Paul LaRosa offer in-office assessments to learn more about movement patterns that may put you in harm’s way. To find out more about the benefits of Functional Movement Screen, schedule a consultation online or by phone today.





Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Q & A

What is Functional Movement Screen?

Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a preparticipation screening tool that helps physical therapists Paul LaRosa and Billy Reilly identify your movement patterns. These patterns may be the first sign that you are at increased risk for injury because of inefficient movements. These improper movements can also reduce your natural performance.

The goal of the screening is to identify imbalances in your body during certain movements and a series of exercises.

What’s involved in Functional Movement Screen?

During your screening, you will focus on seven movement patterns that are involved in your stability and mobility.

The seven movement patterns you go through include:

  • Hurdle step
  • Deep squat
  • In-line lunge
  • Rotary stability
  • Shoulder stability
  • Truck stability push up
  • Active straight leg raise

Billy and Paul are extensively trained in the screening and score your movements throughout the process.

Those scoring lower than 14 on the test are considered at greater risk for sustaining an injury. This screening information allows the therapy team greater insight into how to work with you to prevent those injuries.

Am I a good candidate for Functional Movement Screen?

Functional Movement Screen is an accurate and safe screening tool for people from all walks of life. If you are an amateur or professional athlete, Functional Movement Screen diagnostics can be useful for preventing injuries while boosting your overall performance.

You may also be a good candidate for Functional Movement Screen if you have limited movements or chronic pain due to an underlying medical condition or previous injury. Additionally, the screening can help you identify insufficient movements if you’re just not feeling good about your balance or mobility.

Functional Movement Screen is also ideal for those who work in certain jobs, especially those involving manual labor. The screening tool can identify movements that may put you at a higher risk for work-related injuries, especially sprains, back injuries, and falls due to an imbalance in your body.

If you already have persistent pain or want to improve your performance in the game, schedule an evaluation at Empire Physical Therapy & Athletic Rehabilitation, PC, by calling the office or by requesting an appointment online now.


Empire Physical Therapy & Athletic Rehabilitation, PC
133 East 58th Street, Suite 1001
Midtown East

New York, NY 10022
Phone: 607-602-1330
Fax: 212-355-4489

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