Work Injury Rehabilitation at Spaulding Medford
Work Injury Rehabilitation and Prevention Programs at our Rehabilitation Network Outpatient Centers are designed to:
- Help you return to work safely, in less time
- Reduce the risks of new or repeat injuries
- Help you gain a clear understanding of your work capacities in relation to job requirements
- Assist with ergonomic modifications and work place accommodations, if needed
- Give you the tools to perform your work and daily tasks effectively, while managing your symptoms
Spaulding's Approach to Work Injury Rehabilitation
How do you know when you’re ready to go back to work?
Our goal as a leader in rehabilitative care is to make sure you are ready to safely return to work and reduce the risks of new or repeated workplace injuries. To determine this, our specially trained therapists will perform a Functional Capacity Evaluation.
Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)
A comprehensive assessment of your current abilities to perform work tasks, such as sitting, standing and walking. We’ll test your grip, ability to carry, push, pull and lift items. We’ll also see how you utilize tools and/or computer equipment, whichever is relevant to your occupation. These steps will help determine if you’re ready to safely return to work.
What if I’m not ready to go back to work?
After completing your FCE the therapist may recommend Work Conditioning/ Hardening program.
This intensive, individualized and goal-oriented program is designed to get you safely back to work. It includes:
- An exercise program to regain strength, endurance, range of motion, core stabilization and cardiovascular conditioning.
- A work simulation program which teaches you ways to work safely and comfortably in an environment similar to your workplace. This is done by practicing the specific job tasks required for your job, such as tool use, lifting, gross and fine motor activities, ladder climbing, etc.
Work conditioning goals
- Increase physical tolerances for work
- Regain flexibility, mobility, strength, and endurance
- Learn safe body mechanics for work
- Assess tools or job modifications for a safe return to work
- Gain knowledge of your injury and how to manage pain
We will work closely with your primary care physician to move you safely towards specific job tasks.
How can I prevent an injury at work?
Our Work Injury Prevention (WIP) Corporate Services Programs are designed to achieve the following goals:
- Assist employers in providing a safe and ergonomically correct work environment.
- Reduce the risks of new or repeat injuries.
- Provide qualitative and quantitative information of injured worker’s abilities and disabilities to employers, physicians, and insurance companies.
- Reduce the costs associated with worker’s compensation claims and occupational injuries.
- Return injured employees to work in less time.
Our services include:
- Individual or Company Wide Work Station Analysis
Comprehensive, ergonomic on-site analysis of a worker’s job tasks, work-site, and surrounding environment with the goal of highlighting aspects that could lead to injury and recommendations to minimize risk.
- On-Site Screening
Therapy screening processes provided at the work place by licensed therapists to address worker’s needs. Therapists provide recommendations for symptom management and on-going follow-up to prevent lost work time and potential for re-injury.
- Employee and Management Level Education
On site, educational sessions help employees identify potential risks and instruct them in specific prevention strategies including body mechanics, exercise and muscular relaxation techniques.
- Functional Job Descriptions
Description of the required physical demands of a job position per the established guidelines of American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- Pre-Employment Functional Assessment
Assessment focused on providing employers information on the functional abilities of new employees in comparison to the physical demands of the job.