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The Benefits of Work Conditioning Following Occupational Therapy

Posted on by Erik Krol, MOT, OTR/L

Completing an Occupational Therapy program for an upper extremity injury helps many individuals regain the skills and abilities to return to their jobs and daily activities. However, significant injuries will sometimes require additional time to improve endurance, strength, safety, and confidence to return to work. These select individuals may benefit from Work Conditioning, an individualized rehabilitation program created and overseen by a therapist and designed to help an injured worker cross the bridge between acute therapy and return to work.

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Concussions in the Workplace

Posted on by Athletico

Approximately 1 in 4 mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBIs) in adults occur at work and are associated with substantial productivity loss, economic burden, persistent symptoms, and occupational disability1. Concussions in the workplace are most commonly caused by falls, getting struck in the head by falling objects, or motor vehicle accidents2. Most adults recover from an mTBI or concussion within 7-10 days; however, individuals who continue to have persistent symptoms beyond this timeframe are more at risk for further co-morbidities, including aerobic deconditioning, chronic pain, anxiety disorder, depression, as well as poor work performance3.

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Team Work: Programmed to Provide Better Outcomes

Posted on by Anne Marie Bierman, PT, DPT, SCS, CMTPT, Astym-cert

Through specialized practice, Athletico is able to better serve our industrial customers and patients. This is because Athletico offers a variety of clinical programs to support therapists and athletic trainers who have profound interest and passion in niche specialty practice. Within each program are clinical pathways for professional development that include and are not limited to mentoring opportunities, internal/external coursework for skill development, relationship building via physician observation, community outreach events and marketing support in order to develop a skillset from entry-level to master clinician. (more…)

Preventing Injuries for First Responders

Posted on by Athletico

Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians incur work-related musculosketal (WRMSDs) disorders in numbers significantly higher than the general working population.

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Stop Sitting, Start Moving! Tips to Kick the Office Chair to the Curb

Posted on by Matt Weirich OTR/L, CEAS, MS

The need to decrease sitting time and increase activity is more important than ever. Some workers are investing in “sit to stand desks” in order to help offset the lengthy sitting times associated with their work.

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Protecting the Aging Construction Workforce

Posted on by Geoffrey Wolfe

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.

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Reducing Work Injuries in the Hotel Industry

Posted on by Athletico

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.

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Try Dry Needling When All Testing Is Negative

Posted on by Brett Wapotish

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????

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