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Functional Movement Screen

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Results Physical Therapy

Physical Therapists located in Gainesville & Fairfax, VA

The medical professionals at Results Physical Therapy in Gainesville and Fairfax, Virginia offer the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) as a screening tool to determine if you have any overlooked deficits not identified by other standard evaluations. FMS enables the identification of your risk factors to decrease injuries and improve your performance. For more information, call or make an appointment online today.

Functional Movement Screen Q & A

What Does FMS Test?

When you undergo FMS at Results Physical Therapy, you get placed in extreme positions so that your movement deficits become noticeable. Limited fundamental mobility leads to you using compensatory movements to perform the activity. Inefficient use of compensation leads to poor biomechanics, limiting your performance gains, while also reducing your body’s ability to remain resilient against the risks of involvement in activities.

How is the FMS Performed?

FMS calls for you to perform movement patterns that require mobility and stability and include:

  • Deep Squat: Deep squats challenge your total body mechanics as well as your neuromuscular control. This part of the FMS tests the bilateral, symmetrical, functional mobility, and stability of your hips, knees, and ankles.
  • Hurdle Step: Hurdle steps require bilateral mobility and stability of your hips, knees, and ankle, as well as the support and control of your pelvis and core. This single leg stance challenges your body’s step and stride mechanics and offers the physical therapists at Results Physical Therapy an opportunity to observe your functional symmetry.
  • In-Line Lunge: Inline lunges demand spine stabilization, while also challenging the mobility and stability of your hips, knees, ankles, and feet.
  • Active Straight-Leg Raise: Having you perform an active straight-leg raise enables your physical therapist to identify the functioning mobility of your flexed hip. This motion also looks at your core stability and the extension of your other hip. This pattern also challenges your ability to dissociate your lower extremities, while maintaining stability in both your pelvis and core.
  • Trunk Stability Push-Up: Trunk stability push-ups offer a basic observation of reflex core stabilization and tests your ability to stabilize your spine.
  • Rotary Stability: Rotary stability demonstrates reflex stabilization and weight shifting in fundamental climbing patterns. This pattern enables observation of the stability of your pelvis, core, and shoulder girdle stability during upper and lower extremity movement.
  • Shoulder Mobility: Your physical therapist observes your bilateral shoulder range of motion, internal rotation, and adduction in one extremity, along with flexion, external rotation, and abduction of the other.

The ability to perform the activities get scored from 0-3 points.

What are the Benefits of FMS?

FMS works at any fitness level to simplify movements and their impact on your body. This streamlined system offers simple language, creates a functional baseline, and helps the professionals at Results Physical Therapy quickly identify dangerous movement patterns and your readiness to perform exercises.

To have your customized treatment plan created with an FMS, call or make an appointment online today at Results Physical Therapy in Gainesville and Fairfax, Virginia.


To contact the Gainesville clinic, please call:

(703) 753-7600


To contact the Fairfax clinic, please call:

(703) 385-2855