Soft tissue injuries are difficult to diagnose, and MRIs cannot help with sprain and strain injuries.  Emerge’s Electrodiagnostic Functional Assessment (EFA) Test is designed to objectively diagnose and identify the location, extent, nature and age of soft tissue injuries. Our EFA technology is registered with the FDA as a Class II Medical Device for musculoskeletal disorders.

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How the Electrodiagnostic Functional Assessment (EFA) Test Works

Emerge’s EFA Test is a noninvasive and non-loading diagnostic evaluation that combines five American Medical Association accepted tests into one comprehensive, objective and reproducible evaluation that includes:

  1. Range of motion
  2. Functional assessment
  3. Pinch strength
  4. Grip strength
  5. Electromyography (EMG)

For accurate diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue injuries of the back, neck, shoulder, and extremities, including repetitive strain injury, our EFA Test determines the muscle group location and age of injury, compliance, malingering, and pain.

What is the EFA Soft Tissue Management (EFA-STM) Program?

The EFA-STM Program is a bookend solution that measures current and new employees before and after workplace injuries to assist in determining if an injury arises out of the course and scope of employment (AOECOE).

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Why It’s Important to Measure Current and New Employees Pre-injury

The EFA-STM Program can objectively determine pre-injury status and whether there is a change in condition after the reported injury. The baseline assessment provides objective results that determine the pre-injury condition and assist in determining if the injury arose out of the reported incident. 

The baseline test is not read, which avoids ADA complications.

How the EFA-STM Program Works

A baseline assessment is performed with current employees and new hires, and the unread data is immediately stored in a secured database. The baseline assessment is only read when an injury occurs and a post-injury assessment is performed.

When a work-related injury is reported, a post-injury assessment is performed and compared to the baseline assessment to determine whether there has been a change in condition. In addition, because EFA testing provides accurate diagnosis of soft tissue injuries, the post-injury assessment also helps to inform targeted, site-specific treatment for an enhanced recovery process.

The EFA-STM Program Provides a Comprehensive Bookend Solution

The EFA-STM Program provides significant costs savings. EFA testing provides objective findings to prevent costly misdiagnoses, unnecessary or inappropriate surgeries, prolonged treatment periods, and fraudulent claims.

As a comprehensive bookend solution, the EFA-STM Program is a recommended best practice to accurately distinguish compensable acute workplace injuries and/or exacerbation of pre-existing injuries from chronic, unrelated conditions. 

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More Information

Better Management of Soft Tissue Injuries: A Case Study from The Gatesway Foundation

Baseline Testing: Book End Solution – Does it Qualify as Business Necessity?