THE pt GROUP Physical Therapy strives to team with industry and labor to promote a productive work force and a safe working environment.
Occupational Solutions includes adapting tasks and the environment to maximize independence and quality of life. The term occupation refers to activities that are meaningful to the individual within the environments in which the person lives and functions.
The goal of Occupational Solutions is to assist the patient in achieving the maximum level of independent function by mobilizing those capabilities, which remain after accidents, disease, or deformity. Patients include persons suffering from CVA, arthritis, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, hand injuries, amputations, burns, progressive neurologic disorders and people with visual, auditory and speech disorders and psychiatric problems.
Occupational Solutions is directed at improving:
- Impaired muscle strength, range of motion and physical endurance.
- Impaired eye motor coordination, sensory integration and motor planning.
- Impaired concentration, attention span, thought organization and problem solving.
- Impaired visual-spacial relationships, body schema and figure ground discrimination.
Early Acute Physical Therapy
Case resolution starts with early appropriate evaluation and treatment by a licensed physical therapist by the end of the next business day at any or our acute offices. Progress is reported to the referring physician by our physical therapist based on our clinical pathways which have been developed internally over the years.
The mini-FCE was designed for physicians and employers to feel confident that the employee is ready to return-to-work following an injury or illness. This does not replace the FCE, but is more convenient for the employee and takes less time. Mini-FCE takes one hour and includes testing, cover letter, and screening report to be faxed or emailed immediately following the test.
Functional Capacity Evaluation
A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE), which can be performed at many of our locations, is a series of tests and measures assessing the individual’s ability to perform functional tasks such as lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, for work, motor vehicle and disability determination.
We are able to measure the key functional components that are critical for the difficult return-to-work decisions that physicians are asked to make. Our FCEs have numerous validity checks for consistency. Non-organic signs and symptoms may be identified to help distinguish between findings of a physical disease (organic) and a psychosocial disorder (non-organic).The physician’s decision based on these extensive tests may be full return-to-work, or a combination of modified work and Work Conditioning.
Clients who are beyond the initial acute stage of modalities and strengthening may be candidates for Work Conditioning. Typical clients are deconditioned post-injury and their work requires heavy job demands. This is an intensive 2-4 hour program, 3-5 days a week, which is both work and goal-oriented. This service is offered at most centers.
Education and Training
HEALTHY BACK CARE SEMINARS: Presentations address the causes, management and prevention of low back problems in the workplace. Emphasis is on addressing risk factors for back problems, body mechanics principles, common sense ergonomics and exercise/fitness issues.
HEALTHY NECK CARE AND CUMULATIVE TRAUMA DISEASE (CTD) PREVENTION SEMINARS: Presentations identify the causes, management and prevention of neck and upper extremity problems in the workplace, with emphasis on common sense ergonomics, risk factors, exercise principles and fatigue-control techniques.
SUPERVISOR’S SEMINAR: Training sessions for supervisors aid in understanding the issues surrounding back/neck/CTD problem prevention and management.
WORKERS’ COMPENSATION HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS PANEL: Assist in identifying and developing a panel of healthcare providers interested in cost-effective, quality care emphasizing a safe and timely return to work.
FUNCTIONAL JOB DESCRIPTION: Detailed documentation of essential job functions derived from on-site job analysis, compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION: Of transitional duty and on-the-job exercise programs.
ERGONOMICS: On-site general walk-throughs include ergonomic assessment and recommendations for specific work stations.