Injured at Work?
Being unable to work because of pain and injury is traumatic. We want to help you return to work – and the other things you love to do – quickly and safely. Our team of Occupational and Physical Therapists takes time to understand your concerns about being off work, specific job duties and the things you love to do outside of work. And, our Patient Service Providers are trained help you navigate the complicated world of L&I.
Whether you need specialized Hand Therapy to treat the repetitive motion injury you sustained at work, or a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) to determine whether or not you can return to work, our suite of specialized work injury services will get you back to work as soon as possible.
Outpatient PT can help you get back on the job by offering the following services:
- Physical Therapy
- Hand Therapy
- Functional Capacity Exams (FCE)
- Work Conditioning
Work Injuries and OPT
At OPT, we understand that recovering from a work accident involves a great deal more than just fixing your injury. You want to be able to return to work so you can provide for your family, but also the things you enjoying doing – working in the garage, catching fish, making dinner, or even just watching the big game without pain. There’s also a great deal of stress and questions – when can I go back to work? How long will it take to move without pain and fully mobile? At OPT, we take the time to help you understand not only the physical aspect of your injury but also the treatment timeline and what you can expect at your next appointment, and the following ones as well.
We aim to use functional tasks and methods that simulate what you do each day to best prepare you for when you return to work. If you’ve recently had surgery, we’ll discuss proper wound healing in addition to improving motion, coordination, strength and endurance. If your injury is due to repetitive motions at work, we will help find ways to alleviate those issues and prevent future problems from arising using workstation modification, ergonomics, and other preventive practices. Something as simple as hand stretches you can do while on the phone can make a big difference.
At the end of the day, we want you to be able to live the life you had the day before the injury. Wherever you come in, we’ll meet you there and get you to where you want to be.
You may have chronic back pain from your job, or you may have just had surgery on your shoulder as a result of an on-the-job injury. Your Physical Therapist will work with you one-on-one each visit to carry out a rehabilitation program that is tailored to your specific condition and job requirements. Treatment may include hands-on manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, body mechanics instruction and pain-relieving modalities.
If your hand, wrist, elbow or forearm was injured at work, your treatment will include Hand Therapy. Your Certified Hand Therapist will deliver one-on-one specialized care that is designed to meet your specific work-related needs. Treatment may include custom splinting to allow you to perform job tasks in a safe and pain-free manner, post-operative rehabilitation, wound care, edema management, therapeutic exercise, body mechanics instruction and pain-relieving modalities.
When you are ready for supervised work simulation, your Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist will work together to create a customized work conditioning program. Before you return to work, you will be able to practice body mechanics and job modifications and progressively increase weight lifted, carried, pushed, and pulled while under the supervision of licensed therapists. Work Conditioning treatment is 2 hours per day, 4-5 days per week and for 1-4 weeks.
Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)
When objective data regarding your job performance abilities is needed, your Physical or Occupational Therapist will administer a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE). This 4-8 hour, 1-2 day, standardized test, administered by a certified evaluator, will assist in determining the level of physical work that is appropriate for you.
When will my doctor allow me to return to work?
Your doctor will provide the final clearance for when you can safely return to work, but this decision comes from communication with your physical therapist during your sessions. Sometimes, a Physical Capacity Evaluation (PCE) or Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is recommended by your doctor and physical therapist. A FCE is a detailed session in which you will be asked to physically perform the various activities of your work, daily living or leisure activities. This will provide information to the doctor that will objectively measure your current level of function. An FCE measures the ability of an individual to perform functional or work-related tasks and predicts the potential to sustain these tasks over a defined time frame. Measurements of function from an FCE are used to make return-to-work (activity) decisions, disability determinations or to design rehabilitation plans.