Summit Physical Therapy recognizes the special rehabilitation needs of the injured worker. We have a keen understanding of returning the injured worker to his/her full functional ability and we educate the patient about methods to reduce the risk of future injury. This is especially critical when dealing with repetitive motion and/or cumulative trauma clients.
On-site programs are available to improve the employee’s awareness of hazardous working postures, symptom control, and injury prevention. Techniques include:
- “Back for Life,” an educational program to prevent and reduce back injuries
- Exercise programs to improve overall fitness and strength, which greatly reduces the risk of fatigue related injuries
- Ergonomic Hand Maintenance
- Postural fatigue awareness
- Capacity Testing
- Validity testing
- Pain/disability screening
Ergonomic Job Analysis
- We establish objective data related to critical job demands and then determine the worker's ability and time frame to return to his/her prior level of functioning
- Interventions that provide safer approaches to the job
- Baseline criteria for the employee evaluations
- Assist in providing reasonable accommodations for the employee which may require light-duty work
Functional Capacity Evaluations
Specially trained clinicians perform a comprehensive, computerized test to determine an individual’s ability to perform physical work. An objective, detailed report includes information regarding the worker’s functional abilities to determine return-to-work potential.
Post Offer Employee Evaluations
Job-specific functional testing is performed to determine whether an individual has the physical capability to perform essential job requirements. Test results are compared with the functions of the job to prevent job-worker mismatches, thereby preventing injuries. Testing complies with the American Disabilities Act (ADA).
Working conditioning is a transitional program for injured workers who are unable to return to full duty employment following an injury, which can be coordinated with light duty work. Treatment goals include:
- Restoration of function to facilitate full return-to-work
- Increased strength, range of motion, endurance, improved posture and work tolerance
- Safety and education to reduce the risk of re-injury
- Motivate the patient to reclaim their social and financial status