Work Injury Management
The amount of time an injured worker is off work directly impacts the success of returning to work. "Studies suggest that when an employee is out of work for more than 6 months, they have less than a 50% chance of ever returning to work in any capacity." When each day matters, it is imperative to be treated as efficiently as possible. Creative Rehab's model and philosophy does just that. Our approach helps get injured worker's back to work and life as quickly and completely as possible. See our results below from a 5 year analysis of Creative Rehab's work injury rehab.
Creative Rehab Difference
1 hour sessions with ONLY a physical therapist
No aides, assistants or techs
Diagnosis of true root cause of issue
Individualized job simulation
15-30 minutes with a physical therapist and the remaining time with an unlicensed tech or assistant
Modalities (ice, heat, ultrasound, E-Stim) that do not fix the issue
% of Patients Who Return to Work
% of Patients Returned to Work by Occupation
% of Patients Returned to Work by Body Part
A return to work program decreased the average number of weeks out of work by 12.6 weeks. Starting rehabilitation quickly and having efficient care is imperative to getting back to work and avoiding disability. Our physical therapy model and philosophy allows for highly efficient, individualized care focused on optimizing work participation as fast as possible. We strive to see work injury patients within 72 hours of contacting us pending insurance authorization to get the return to work process started.
Creative Rehab’s philosophy emphasizes a functional approach tailored to each patient’s job requirements which includes education, body mechanic training, strengthening, and restoring motion. We also work to identify and fix the cause of the injury to prevent a reoccurrence. Research shows that roughly 30% of work related injuries are sprains, strains or tears signifying these injuries are due to strength imbalances, poor mechanics or repetitive use. Addressing these route issues allows for faster recovery and less chance for re-injury.
Our work return to work program is comprehensive starting with work injury rehabilitation 1-3 visits per week, job site analysis, and work conditioning. See above for our results from a 5 year review of outcomes for work injury patients.
Work Conditioning sessions can last between one to four hours based on need for three to five days a week. Therapists design programs to develop strengthening, flexibility, pacing, endurance, and correct body mechanics specifically for your physical limitations and job requirements. Programs progress into job simulation activities to ensure proper job skills training. An on-site job analysis may be performed if needed to ensure accurate job simulation. The goal of our Work Conditioning program is to safely and effectively assist an injured worker in a rapid return to work.
Job Site Analysis
Our professionals are able to evaluate your work environment when needed to identify specific considerations that will help an injured worker’s return to work and support safety initiatives for injury prevention. The on-site evaluation includes measurements and observations of work positions, postures and physical demands including but not limited to work levels for lifting weights, work stations, repetitive movements, tools used and sustained/dynamic postures required to complete the work. After evaluating the job requirements on site, therapists can more specifically develop a return to work program and/or provide recommendations for job modifications based on ergonomic principles to maximize safety and support injury prevention.
Reference: Return to Work Statistics. Catalyst RTW. https://catalystrtw.com/. Published April 13, 2017. Accessed November 19, 2021.