THE pt GROUP Physical Therapy strives to team with industry and labor to promote a productive workforce and a safe working environment.
Occupational Solutions (SM) is the training of employees in the therapeutic use of self-care and safe work/productive activities to increase independent function, enhance development and prevent injury on the job. This includes developing job descriptions and evaluating workstations as well as job performance and techniques on site. Recommendations are then made to both the employer and employee on any items that can be improved.
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 is commonly used with Americans with disability act guidelines for post-offer, pre-placement evaluations. The mini-FCE was also 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. The 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 workstations.