Our Occupational Therapist has over 40 years of experience providing specialty treatment for orthopedic elbow, wrist, and hand conditions.
Northwest Rehabilitation holds the copyright for WorkWell® systems to perform the following:
- Functional Job Description (FJD) - describes the essential function of the job, and the critical job demands required. The FJD is developed by the employer and Therapist. Critical job demands are those aspects of work tasks that require a physical capacity or place stress on the body to accomplish the task. The physical demands usually require coordination, flexibility, strength, and endurance. FJD's are used to develop Pre-Placement Screenings.
- Pre-Placement Screening - is a post-offer screening to determine a potential employee's job suitability. The Pre-Placement creening is usually a 30-45 minute test consisting of a medical history, musculoskeletal exam, and safe performance of functional activities related directly to the job demands. The examiner assesses functions such as lifting, bending, squatting, ladder climbing, and reaching. Test results include an objective outcome statement of the applicant's ability to perform critical demands of the job using safe protocols.
- Job Site Analysis - is a method of identifying and evaluating the physical aspects of work. The Therapist performs an analysis of the worker, the work, and the worksite. Any problem areas are identified, and suggestions made to maximize productivity and reduce injury risk.
- Work Conditioning - is designed for the injured worker who has received acute rehabilitative care but is unable to return to work because of unresolved physical problems. The treatment focus of work conditioning is restoration of function. The program goal is to restore strength, endurance, flexibility, motor control and cardiopulmonary function to improve work tolerance. Often the therapist will perform an on-site job analysis to assess the job tasks the worker must perform on the job. The work conditioning program is then designed to simulate the functional job demands of the worker's job to restore function. Proper posture and biomechanics are taught to minimize the risk of re-injury.
- Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) - is a medical, objective measure of a worker's safer performance used to assist employees in return to work, change in vocational direction, or for case settlement. The FCE is a 3-5 hour test designed to evaluate a worker's ability to perform functional tasks such as lifting, standing, walking reaching or bending. Functional tolerance levels are based on objective physical observations.
Northwest Rehabilitation's Industrial Therapy program goals:
1. Minimize the chance of work injury
2. Rehabilitate injured employees
3. Safely re-integrate employee back to work
4. Assist with placement of employee into a different
work position should prior work position be unattainable
5. Assist with work injury claim resolution