Occupational Health Services
Advanced Rehabilitation’s Job Analysis program identifies both the essential and marginal functions of a specific occupation or job title. The goal of the Job Analysis would be to categorize the primary and secondary job duties, in order to accurately describe the necessary and required functions of the applicant/employee. The Job Analysis typically consists of a subjective interview with the employer or supervisor, a tour of the facility/division, and a review of available job related documents in order to provide company background and employer expectations.
The Job Analysis report contains Department of Labor terminology which defines the essential functions in specific “metrics” such as pounds, distance, duration, and frequency of the task(s). These “metrics” then allow the assigning of a Physical Demand Classification (PDC) to the job. PDC and Job Analysis allows for improved screening of applicants, development of modified duty and work conditioning programs, as well as an outline of job specifics for accurate assessment during Functional Capacity Evaluations.
On-site Ergonomic Evaluations are a process that places the physical therapist into the real world situation of the worker. Advanced Rehabilitation utilizes a variety of hands on evaluation procedures including physical measurements to make recommendations regarding a worker’s maximum and most efficient performance with the safest techniques possible.
Indications for an on-site evaluations:
- Correlation of objective data obtained during a Functional Capacity Evaluation to a job description in efforts to return the worker to a modified or full job status.
- Programs for injured workers that are currently being treated in physical therapy can be tailored more specifically to include a work conditioning program with the goal of transitioning a patient from modified to full duty.
- Assisting employers in identifying currently existing or potential problem areas.
- Work site design or modification evaluation of work stations.
- Evaluation of a work station on sight in which similar injuries are occurring over a period of time in jobs that require endurance or repetitive use.
A written report will be provided to the employer as well as the physician with specific objective goals and recommendations to be outlined.
Advanced Rehabilitation has a history of working closely with many of the main occupational health centers in the area. We are also currently listed on many worker compensation provider panels for local companies and are recommended as the physical therapy clinic of choice for insurance agencies who devise panels for local employers. Our vast experience regarding these associations has allowed Advanced Rehabilitation to develop a progressive program for work related injuries.
Main features of Advanced Rehabilitation’s industrial program include:
- Emphasis on communication between the employer and the physician on a weekly basis so as to maximize a patients ability to return to work in a timely fashion.
- Programs geared toward specific activities which address the kinematics behind the injury.
- Work conditioning program which may include job simulation and repetitive task activities in efforts to return a worker back to their job more efficiently.
The work conditioning program at Advanced Rehabilitation is geared toward transitioning an injured worker back to maximum functional employment through the use of progressive education techniques, physical training, and preventative maintenance instruction.
Features of the program
- Easy scheduling and flexible hours.
- Available up to five days per week.
- Strong and frequent communication between the physician and employer with constant reevaluations regarding return to work status.
- On-site job analysis also available upon request.
- Length of daily treatment program and frequency of treatment per week is based on the individual and the goals of the program.
- Well equipped clinic with a variety of job simulation tools such as BTE work simulator and material handling equipment.
- Patient education prior to returning the injured worker back to work which would include proper lifting and body mechanics, the use of exercise on the job to control occurrences of symptoms, and the incorporation of material handling activities into the rehabilitation routine.