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(The service description for each of these areas is as follows:)

PHYSICAL THERAPY is a personalized rehabilitation program designed by highly skilled, experienced therapists in an optimum setting. Our goal is to facilitate a safe, rapid return to your normal pre-injury or pre-surgery status.

COMPONENTS

  • Treatment individualized to all ages and needs. Individualized to address variable needs from Medicare to sports medicine.
  • Excellent therapist to patient ratio with generous time allotments.
  • Equipped to effectively treat conditions arising in the neck, low back, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle, and foot.
  • Emphasis on "hands on" care to increase soft tissue and joint mobility and range of motion.
  • Modalities (ultrasound, electrical stimulation, TENS, iontophoresis, phonophoresis, mechanical spinal traction, paraffin, heat or cold) to relieve pain, increase circulation, and assist with manual treatment.
  • Stretching to reduce stress on joints.
  • Strength, endurance and coordination exercises to improve function.
  • Education about your condition to improve understanding and awareness.
  • Home exercise program for immediate and long term self management.

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WORK HARDENING is a medically supervised, progressive rehabilitation program intended to restore functional capabilities in order to restore functional work return following an injury.

COMPONENTS

  • Daily (M-F) program progressing from half (2 1/2 hours) to full (6 hours) rehab days
  • Efficient scheduling with rehab initiated the day after the initial evaluation.
  • Rehab duration projections available following the initial evaluation.
  • Reassessments at least every 2 weeks with functional progress mandatory for continued rehab.
  • "Hands on" (manual therapy) care given when needed to achieve further functional progress.
  • Close contact with rehab personnel throughout the program.
  • Individualized rehab program based on ones injury and specific needs.
  • Frequent material handling levels identified at any time due to inclusion in daily program.
  • Warehouse (5,000 square feet) with multiple work stations to gradually increase functional tolerance.
  • No FCE required at the end of the program to identify work readiness.

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WORK CONDITIONING is a medically supervised, progressive rehabilitation program used as a venue to improve musculoskeletal defects. It is often used as a bridge between physical therapy and work hardening or return to work.

COMPONENTS

  • Three to five day a week program progressing from 2 1/2 to 4 hour rehab days.
  • Efficient scheduling with rehab initiated the day after the initial evaluation.
  • Musculoskeletal reassessments performed every 3 weeks.
  • Weaned from "hands on" manual therapy to self exercise program to promote independence.
  • Individualized rehab program based on ones injury.
  • FCE required at the end of the program if work tolerance level identification is wanted.

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FIT FOR WORK is a 2 week program designed to facilitate a successful work return by participating in strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular exercises. Practicing job specific, safe work methods and formulating a plan to maintain overall conditioning is also included in an attempt to avoid re-injury following return to work on a pre-determined date.

COMPONENTS

  • Daily (M-F) 3 hour program.
  • Flexibility exercises used as a warm-up/cool down.
  • Stretching exercises to improve range of motion.
  • Cardiovascular training to increase aerobic capacity.
  • Job specific body mechanics training.
  • Home exercises with a goal of long term self-management of injury.

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FUNCTIONAL CAPACITY EVALUATION (FCE) is a referral driven (physician, employer, insurer, attorney, etc), comprehensive evaluation intended to identify general and job specific work capabilities, return to work status, and validity/behavioral issues.

COMPONENTS

  • Referral purpose identified at time of scheduling to allow for individualized evaluation format.
  • Deadline for user friendly, legally defensible report completion agreed upon at time of referral.
  • Front page summary outlining physical and validity test results.
  • Clear, decisive return to work recommendations based upon the Physical Demands Strength Rating described in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles.
  • Single page Work Capacity Summary intended for easy reference to assist M.D's with light duty, alternate job placement, or vocational rehab guidelines.
  • Frequent activity tolerance projections based upon actual repetitive material handling circuit

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ERGONOMIC CONSULTATION is a service where affected employees are taught to perform biomechanical analysis of their work site utilizing easy to use forms. After risk factors contributing to low back and/or upper extremity cumulative trauma are identified,the employees are also provided with the means to arrive at low cost, easy to implement suggestions designed to reduce the incidence and the severity of these injuries.Employee involvement is crucial if any long term, successful job modifications are to be made.This service is particularly useful for jobs associated with a high rate of injury.

COMPONENTS

  • Job analysis worksheet priority level of each area requiring intervention
  • Physical effort rating scale for common tasks.
  • Risk factor worksheet associated with specific body discomfort.
  • Unsafe body position worksheet allowing for injury prevention management
  • Employees trained to be novice ergonomists.
  • Basic anatomy discussion.
  • Preventative injury stretching instructions.
  • Ergonomic team formation assistance and participation by staff member is an option.

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INJURY PREVENTION PRESENTATION is a 60 - 75 minute presentation customized to emphasize job specific needs. The low back and/or upper extremity cumulative trauma prevention presentation outlines the anatomical and biomechanical basis of safe work performance. Slide presentations should be followed by individualized self-management principles emphasizing the worker's responsibility in injury prevention.

COMPONENTS

  • Digital presentation with photos customized for your industry.
  • Group sizes of 20 or less.
  • General body mechanics training for low back presentation.
  • Body mechanics troubleshooting and training at specific work area.
  • Preventative exercise recommendations.
  • Risk factor identification.
  • All shifts covered.
  • Workstation ergonomics training for upper extremity cumulative trauma presentation.

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POST OFFER DYNAMIC STRENGTH TESTING is a one hour test given to reduce the likelihood of employing high risk candidates for a work injury. Each screening is job specific and defensible according to the Americans with Disabilities Act and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) laws. Each job position being screened requires an on site functional job analysis to be performed by one of our staff members. Any individual who completes this process is not only shown to have adequate strength to perform the job, but is taught safe work methods prior to their first day on the job.

COMPONENTS

  • Indemnity waiver
  • Ten item musculoskeletal strength and flexibility physical examination.
  • Individualized exercise prescription designed to reduce low back injuries.
  • Low back anatomy discussion.
  • "For Your Back" educational booklet.
  • Job specific body mechanics training.
  • Clear identification if candidate has adequate dynamic strength to safely perform essential and marginal job functions.

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JOB ANALYSIS is an onsite analysis where weights, heights, distances, forces,and frequency of job tasks are objectively measured. Available in two formats. The long format can be used for assistance with return to work of an injured employee or to assist with an ergonomic consultation. The short form is useful in the above listed instances and is mandatory prior to formulation of a Post-Offer Dynamic Strength Screening. Both formats are Americans with Disabilities (ADA) specific and an important part of an employee file.

COMPONENTS

LONG FORMAT

  • Narrative job task description
  • Possible job modifications
  • Activity frequency checklist
  • US Department of Labor physical demand rating
  • Material handling descriptions
  • Non-material handling (postural) descriptions
  • Necessary hand functions
  • Environmental conditions
  • Description of objects handled

SHORT FORMAT

  • Essential job functions
  • Marginal job functions
  • Possible reasonable accommodations
  • Equipment used
  • Specific worksite measurements

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