|Work Injury Rehabilitation is a complete evaluation and treatment service for people who: |
- Have limited abilities to function because of a work-related injury or disability
- Intend to go back to work after an injury or illness
Physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language
pathologists help patients regain lost abilities or learn different ways
of doing activities through:
- Functional capacity evaluations. This includes a musculoskeletal
assessment and identifies a worker’s ability to perform. Effort and work
tolerance are observed to make an accurate recommendation. The
evaluation addresses the whole person and may include hand usage, body
movements, posture and weight handling.
- Return to work (work hardening). This service incorporates aerobic
conditioning, endurance and strength training exercise as well as job
simulation tasks to improve the tolerance for work activities.
- Functional job analysis (job site evaluation). Therapists observe
the patient at the actual job site and identify ergonomic concerns and
patient performance during daily work tasks.
with industries across the state, the Work/Industrial Rehabilitation
Program offers a comprehensive line of services that prevents
work-related injuries and reduces workers’ compensation costs.
From the day of injury, return-to-work specialists focus on
healing, symptom control and preparation for work re-entry. A case
management system ensures close communication among payers, employees
Physical therapists promote strength, endurance and
flexibility. Occupational therapists use work simulation activities to
maximize work capacity.