Your Destination for the Injured Worker
Injury Prevention Training Program
Proper back and body mechanics are important to maintain body control and balance, promote efficient and safe movements, and to reduce stress and strain to the musculoskeletal system to prevent injury. Our skilled physical therapy staff can instruct individual departments or the entire staff on how to safely perform lift, push, pull reach, and/or transfer activities at their standing work stations, or how to set-up a desk work station for computer or prolonged sitting work activities. A flexibility exercise program including handouts can be instructed for a daily staff routine to stretch common injury muscles to prevent injury or strain.
Ergonomics is the science of fitting jobs to people with the goal of reducing or eliminating the potential for work related injuries. Workplace risk factors for employees such as sustained or repeated exertions or awkward postures can result in lowered productivity, increased medical costs, increased employee absences, and worker's compensation claims. Our therapists have received educational training and certification in ergonomics to be able to assess our worker's compensation clients on how to safely perform their job requirements within their work space to prevent re-injury. The ergonomics training is preferably performed on the job site during the course of therapy with insight gained for the therapist to simulate job tasks during therapy sessions.
Post-offer/ Pre-employment Evaluation
After a job has been offered to an employee, some employers opt to have a post-offer/pre-employment evaluation performed to determine if the employee meets all physical job requirements. A medical exercise therapy based physical demands test is performed at the clinic to evaluate if the employee can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without modifications, according to the employer's provided physical job description. If the job will place the employee and/or others at risk of injury and reasonable accommodations cannot be made, the employer may refuse to hire the individual for the particular job or determine if the applicant is able to perform the essential functions of another available position. Pre-employment physicals promote workplace safety while preventing absenteeism due to injury, reducing workers compensation costs, and reducing the risk of rehiring and retraining employees.