Occupational Injuries/Industrial Rehabilitation
Whether you want to educate your employees to protect them from injury or analyze an employee's ability to return to work, there are numerous services available to you.
Functional Capacity Evaluation
The purpose of a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is to determine the baseline physical capacities as they relate to a person's injury. Objective information, including lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, positional and dexterity testing, is established. A person's cardiovascular fitness, employability, and work level physical demand characteristics are determined. Professional recommendations, based on objective data and observation, are made to assist physicians, payers, and counselors in making the most appropriate and cost effective decisions regarding the employee. An FCE usually takes between three to five hours to administer.
Work Tolerance Screening
A Work Tolerance Screening is utilized to assess a worker's ability to return to a specific job. During the screening, the employee's physical capacities are tested, and the employee performs work-simulated tasks based on a job description to determine the appropriateness for returning to the usual and customary occupation. A work tolerance screening takes one or two days to conduct.
A Pre-Placement Screening is a concise yet comprehensive evaluation designed to identify potential employees that may be at risk for work related injuries. Screening components include flexibility, strength, lifting, and cardiovascular status. Employees are educated regarding proper body mechanics and ergonomic principles. Specific job requirement testing can be pre-determined. The evaluation can be done on a walk-in basis and usually takes between 15 and 30 minutes.
Job Site Analysis
Job Site Analysis may be used to assess a client's workspace (design, equipment, tools, etc.) and specific job requirements that may contribute to injury or cumulative trauma. Recommendations are provided to help prevent work related injuries where improper ergonomics, excessive stresses, and repetitive motions may be harmful.
The Work Hardening program combines simulated work activities and specific job related tasks with physical conditioning and worker education. Work tolerance goals are established that are consistent with the physical demands placed on the employee in the customary occupation. This program usually ranges from two to six hours every day, lasting two to four weeks in duration.
The Worker Conditioning program is designed to maximize physical strength, flexibility, function, and cardiovascular status prior to re-entering the work force. Worker confidence, injury prevention education, and self-discipline are targeted. Work simulation is not the primary focus. This program usually ranges from two to three hours per day, three to five times per week, lasting two to four weeks in duration.
In addition to providing excellent healthcare, our mission to our community is to provide necessary education enhance the health of our industrial community. We are pleased to provide worksite in-services and demonstrations designed to cover topics in back safety, body mechanics, ergonomics, and cumulative trauma disorders, or other topics within our field of expertise. Employees can expect to receive handouts, individualized instruction, and important feedback pertaining to their safety. Depending upon the need, presentations can be scheduled for 30 minutes, half-day or longer.