The need to decrease sitting time and increase activity in the workplace is more important than ever. Some companies and workers are investing in “sit to stand desks” in order to help offset the lengthy sitting times associated with their work.
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) cost business in the United States more than $20 billion a year1, but many of these injuries may actually be preventable in nature.
When a workplace injury occurs, not only is the worker’s health impacted, but lost time, turnover, surgery, emergency medical record, insurance premiums, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable instances can also impact a business’s bottom line. However, by investing in the workforce now, businesses can support the health and wellness of their employees and set themselves up for financial savings in the long run.
Providing a great experience for guests is the goal of every hotel, but doing so is a team effort. In fact, a lot of people are responsible for a hotel guest’s smile – from the employees that are passed in the hallway to those that come and tidy up the rooms on a daily basis. Many of these employees can feel the work they do right down to their bones and joints. This is because musculoskeletal injuries in hotel employees is common, particularly among housekeepers.
Have you ever had a patient who sustained a work-related injury with subjective report of radicular symptoms? A patient involved in a motor vehicle accident with report of symptoms radiating down the arm? A lower back injury, with the patient reporting symptoms down into their glutes? AND ALL IMAGING IS NEGATIVE????
The leading cause of workplace injury in the United States is overexertion involving outside sources,according to research from the 2016 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index. This category typically includes injuries related to lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying and throwing objects.
It is normal for questions to arise when an injured employee receives a prescription that orders work conditioning.
Not only is it common for the employee to ask what work conditioning is, but the best ways to be successful in this type of program. Read below to learn more about work conditioning programs, as well as to discover the answers for some of the most frequently asked questions.
You may not notice them during a game, but we’re all very accustomed to seeing athletic trainers in sports. They’re the first ones running out to an injured player on the field.
What many don’t know about athletic trainers is the meticulous preventative work they provide in every other phase of the athlete’s life. Athletic trainers work diligently to ensure a player is ready for the next practice and the next game. These principles can also be applied in the workplace via industrial athletic trainers, who are onsite to ensure every employee is physically able to have a productive, healthy and effective day at work – whether it’s at a job-site, on a production line, sitting at a desk or fighting crime.
If you have filed a workers’ compensation claim, you may be asked to participate in a functional capacity evaluation (FCE) during your recovery process.
Before taking this evaluation, however, it is important to understand what to expect. Although there are several different reasons as to why someone may be referred to complete an FCE, the article below will provide a basic understanding:
Occupational therapists treat a wide range of work related injuries in the clinic, both traumatic injuries and cumulative trauma disorders. Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTDs) are the most common injuries seen by hand therapists for the Workers’ Compensation population.
A common question I receive in my travels as an Work Comp therapist is “What is Work Comp and who needs it?” Essentially Work Comp is an extension of physical and occupational therapy services for injuries that occurred while in a work setting or environment. (more…)