Importance of Work Conditioning For Employers and Employees
In 2019, the CDC estimated that 2.4 million workers sustained work-related injuries. Work injuries carry a unique set of stress for the injured worker combining the recovery challenges with the unknown ability to return to work.
Many patients are prescribed physical or occupational therapy to address pain and loss of function associated with their injury. Often, the injured workers can fully recover and return to their prior physical ability. Yet achieving this goal only addresses one of the two concerns for the injured worker. After regaining function, the injured worker is often left wondering if they will be able to make a full return to work.
The Benefits of Work Conditioning Following Occupational Therapy
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.
What is Work Conditioning and What Are the Benefits?
Work conditioning is a somewhat misunderstood program. Some think it is for injured workers who have failed acute therapy, some believe it is the last chance before a patient reaches the end of care, and some assume it is acute physical therapy but with more lifting involved.
4 Tips for Preventing Workplace Injuries
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.
Work Conditioning: How to Succeed
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.
6 Ways Workplaces Benefit from an Onsite Industrial Athletic Trainer
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.
Occupational Therapy and the Treatment of Work Related Injuries
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.
What is Work Comp?
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…)