How does WorkSTEPS identify common upper body soft tissue injuries or preexisting conditions?

Larry Feeler:

Well, looking at soft tissue injuries, again, we're looking at motion, strength. We're looking at the pliability of the tissues, like in the back. We actually put our hands on their back and feel the tissues. We're looking to see for rotations in the spine, things like that, that might trigger that they've got a mass, that they have some kind of spasm because of some prior injury. They've got mild fascial restriction. We're looking at things that a lot of people don't necessarily look at.

For example, we have them squeeze their seat together. If you can squeeze your seat then you don't have nerve damage at L5 in your low back. A lot of people, if they've had posture changes or they've done a lot of lifting and stuff, we can begin to see those deteriorations. If anything, we try to warn them that, "Hey, do it this way and protect your back instead of doing it the other way and ending up having an unnecessary injury."

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