MSDR® assessments performed at the time of injury can be used to measure, track and document functional improvements objectively. Repeated assessments provide consistent data of the injured worker’s progress toward his baseline Maximum Medical Improvement (“MMI”) target and can be used to determine when further physical therapy is unwarranted, thus eliminating unnecessary treatment costs.
In this scenario, the Individual Progress Report is used to track the individual’s progress toward MMI. If the individual responds positively to treatment and the overall and regional scores continue to decline, the treatment plan is having a demonstrable, positive impact on the individual’s physical health. If the scores plateau, this is an indication that the treatment plan needs to curtailed because the individual has reached MMI. If the individual had a baseline screening, the baseline and Individual Progress Report score may be compared to determine that the rehabilitation program has returned this individual to his pre-injury health.