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Work & Industry

Despite the best intentions, workplace injuries happen. We work to both prevent injuries from happening and help injured workers return to their productive and fulfilling work and personal lives.

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What is workplace physical therapy?

The financial impact of lost productivity after a workplace injury often surpasses direct medical cost. Our primary goal with our workplace physical therapy program is to help prevent injuries from happening on the job. If an injury does occur, our goal is then focused on helping the injured worker return to their productive and fulfilling work and personal life. We work to ensure that your organization’s workforce is safe and productive. All of our services are delivered with licensed clinicians and have been demonstrated to consistently reduce employer costs.

In addition, workplace injury prevention strategies and ergonomics can be provided to employers looking to invest in the safety of their employees. This can include job specific stretching and strengthening, body mechanics analysis, and comprehensive training to avoid workplace injuries from happening. Our work and industry program offerings include:

  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Functional capacity evaluations (FCEs)
  • Impairment ratings
  • Work conditioning
  • Early symptom intervention
  • Pre-shift stretching programs
  • Ready-for-work program

Evidence-based return to work

Our hands-on care is designed to facilitate a timely return to work. Our clinics offer quick and efficient scheduling within 24 to 48 hours. Our physical therapists focus on the injured worker’s functional goals, with a rapid progression of care. By providing thorough assessments and documentation of functional tolerances, we ensure a safe return to work. We provide clear and concise communication to stakeholders, including identifying red flags and non-compliance, along with written progress reports.

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What can a workplace program help with?

We can support your workplace injury prevention efforts through the following offerings:

Job site analysis
We assist employers in the prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders through several early intervention and job site analysis programs. We help you avoid more serious workers’ compensation claims by creating a safer work environment. The analysis includes job demands, risk, and ergonomics.

Employment testing
We design, implement and perform employment tests that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to determine the position’s essential job functions and ensure employers are hiring candidates that match the physical demands of each position. This includes post-offer testing, fit-for-duty testing, and physical agility testing.

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Job demand analysis
This is an objective measurement of the essential physical demands. In this analysis, we’ll consider manual material handling, static position requirements, dynamic mobility requirements, and environmental exposures. It can be used to provide an objective measurement of the physical job requirements and to create a functional job description.

Ergonomic analysis
This analysis determines if the essential functions of a job put an employee at an increased level of risk for injury, compared to the general public who perform the same essential function. This assessment analyzes factors like time, movement, posture, force/lifting requirements, repetition, and vibration exposure. For companies, this analysis helps identify risk factors, analyze root causes of injury, provide solutions, and complete task analysis when a physician’s work restrictions are involved.

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What to expect

Your first physical therapy appointment is about creating a personalized treatment plan based on your health history, diagnosis, and goals. Here’s what you can expect at your first physical therapy appointment:

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Your first appointment will last about an hour. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

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If applicable, bring your physician referral or prescription, insurance card, paperwork, ID, and co-payment.

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At your appointment, we’ll do an initial evaluation and discuss your care plan.

*Services are not available at every location. Visit our Locations page for more details.