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Work Injury

For Injured Workers

Being injured at work can cause significant stress, pain and aggravation. This might affect your ability to effectively work and provide adequate income for your needs. Our number one priority is to ensure your pain is relieved fast so that you can safely return to work as soon as possible. We emphasize the following when it comes to your recovery after a work-related injury:

  • Relieve pain quickly
  • Restore normal range of motion
  • Restore strength, flexibility and stamina
  • Ensure a complete recovery after an necessary surgical procedures
  • Education on how to manage your injury and prevent future occurrences

Talk to your employer or case manager today to discover how we can help you recover quickly from your injury and get back to work safely!

 

For Case Managers and Employers

We offer a variety of comprehensive programs for injured workers to help them recover quickly and safely. Once a worker has been injured, it is our goal to restore him/her to optimal function for safe and efficient job performance in a timely manner. We provide effective case management, detailed and timely reports, and positive communication between health care providers, workers, and case managers for the worker’s compensation case.

We assess the worker’s current functional abilities and gather information regarding his/ her job requirements. Treatment is both evaluative and restorative. Therapy will utilize a combination of manual therapy techniques, therapeutic exercises, body mechanics training, modalities, and patient education/along with a home exercise program. Our facility performs work conditioning/hardening treatment and Functional Capacity Evaluations done by licensed physical therapist only.

Preventative Care Benefits to Employers:

  • Decreased turnover
  • Increased worker productivity
  • Safer work environment
  • Reductions in lost time
  • Diminished incidence of fraud and abuse

 

Functional Capacity Evaluation and Work Conditioning

Functional Capacity Evaluations

Functional Capacity Evaluations are used for a variety of reasons. It can be used to develop a treatment program, to measure the physical abilities of patients before and after a rehabilitation program, to modify a rehabilitation treatment, but mostly to evaluate an individual’s capacity to perform work activities related to his or her participation in employment.

The FCE process compares the individual’s health status and body functions and structures to the demands of the job and the work environment.

Who Can Benefit From an FCE?

  • Someone who has been injured on the job to determine his or her ability to return to the job or alternate work
  • Someone applying for Social Security Disability benefits
  • Someone seeking to return to work or volunteer activities after an injury or illness
  • Someone injured in a catastrophic accident (i.e., automobile accident) for whom an FCE can determine performance skills and abilities related to resuming former employment or a new job
  • Someone seeking vocational rehabilitation services
  • Students receiving transitional services from school to the work setting to determine their skills and the extent of support required to perform in a job

 

Work Conditioning

An intensive, work-related, goal oriented conditioning program used to restore neuromusculoskeletal functions, muscle performance, motor function, range of motion and cardiovascular function. The objective of this program is to restore physical capacity and function in order for a patient to return to work. The Work Conditioning patient may have a job goal, but may not necessarily be returning to work at their previous employment position. Participation time is in multi-hour sessions up to 4 hours/day with a frequency of up to 5 days/week. A Work Conditioning program utilizes physical conditioning and functional activities to achieve its objectives.

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