Case Study: City of Roswell
City of Roswell had a significant history of employee musculoskeletal injuries and related expenses for the Worker’s Comp Claims associated with them. After meeting with ASAPT staff in 2017, it was determined that a Pilot Study of a prevention program was a good starting point in addressing this area of concern for the City.
This Pilot Study found that over 40% of the participants reported pain during the initial movement testing performed using the Functional Movement Screen. After completing the Pilot Study and having significant improvement in reported pain during the testing as well as improved quality of movement as noted by increased FMS scores during post-testing, the City then proceeded to post a Request for Proposal for a similar program to be carried out over a 3 year period.
After being chosen to be the Provider to fulfill the RFP program, ASAPT completed the program from 2018 to 2020. As found in the Pilot Study, a large percentage of employees were found to have pain during the initial testing as well as have moderate to high deficits in the FMS scoring. By the end of each 10-week program it was found that 73% of participants that completed the program no longer experienced pain during their final testing. Unfortunately, the program has been interrupted by the COVID pandemic. The City has expressed a desire to resume in the first half of 2022.
A recent review of the latest Year End data available from the city has shown that the average money spent on musculoskeletal worker’s compensation expenses has reduced significantly when comparing the two years prior and including the start of the Injury Prevention Program to the most recent two-year period. A __% of cost was reduced overall. It is recognized that the City had other initiatives that were in place that also influenced the lowering of musculoskeletal related expenses. We congratulate the foresight of the City in its effort to help protect their employees from future injury and pain. ASAPT is very grateful for the opportunity to participate with the City in this way. Our goal of living out our tagline “move well, move often, be well” has been achieved in many lives and we look forward to resuming this program in the near future.
Here are a few of the comments from participants over the years:
- Improved energy
- Less pain
- Less stress
- More mobility
- Maintained straighter posture at my desk and while driving
- My abs are getting more defined