A service designed to prevent work-related injuries, and to provide an effective rehabilitation and back-to-work program for the injured worker.
Injury Prevention Services
Ergonomic Work Analysis and Modification
Workstation and work tasks are assessed from an ergonomic perspective. Ergonomic stressors are identified. Recommendations for potential workstation modification/redesign, work adaptation, and/or job rotation schedules are provided. Assistance for budgeting, prioritizing, planning, and implementing the recommendations can also be provided.
After an offer of employment has been extended to and accepted by a new employee, the pre-work screening can be used to determine if the individual is physically capable of performing the essential functions of the job. This evaluation is also helpful when assessing an employee’s ability to transfer to a new position within the company.
Injury Prevention Education
Back Care & Body Mechanics Training
Learn how the back works, what can happen if not properly cared for, and how to prevent injury.
Cumulative Trauma Education
Learn what cumulative trauma is, how it can be avoided, and how it is treated.
Learn cumulative trauma prevention exercises that warm-up muscles and tendons, and promote joint flexibility, lubrication, and nutrition. These exercises can be performed prior to work, and/or integrated into the workday.
Work Reintegration Services
Outpatient Physical and Occupational Therapy Services
Outpatient treatment is provided in one of our four clinical settings, or may be provided on-site as needed (see below). Treatment typically consists of traditional modalities and exercise, as well as work simulation activities. Clinic-based work simulation is provided to workers who are attempting to return to a targeted job, but are unable to complete certain aspects of the job. In such a program, the worker participates in an intensive strengthening and work simulation program that addresses those weaknesses. This program is time limited, enabling the worker to continue working in a modified duty capacity. Ongoing communication between the treating therapist and a member of the work injury management team facilitates early work reintegration practices.
In many cases, the treatment of an injured worker may be transitioned to an on-site rehabilitation program. A progression of actual work tasks is used to increase the worker’s physical capabilities and tolerances to work tasks. The benefits of early return to work are achieved, while enabling workers to learn safe work practices through the example set by the worker receiving jobsite services.
Functional Capacity Evaluations
FCE's consist of a series of tasks that test the injured worker's ability to perform various job tasks. General physical abilities and specific job-related tasks are tested in a clinic-based setting where the therapist can closely monitor safety and effort level. The results of the evaluation can be very useful when making determinations whether a worker is physically ready for a safe return to work.
Modified Functional Capacity Evaluations
Similar to the Functional Capacity Evaulation, the modified test is a shortened version of the FCE where only job-specific tasks are tested. This test is often used as a follow-up to the FCE.