Return to Work
Ergonomics is the applied science of looking at the relationship between the workstation, workplace and the worker to optimize the work environment. Our goal is to fit the workplace to the worker and not the worker to the workplace.
Littleton Regional Rehabilitation offers a variety of ergonomic/return to work programs including:
Workstation Assessment/Worksite Evaluations:
- Skilled therapist that goes into the workplace to assess the job site and look at all of the tasks that an individual performs as well as the tools and equipment the individual uses.
- Can assess any type of job set-up and work task
- Modifications can be made on-sight depending on availability of equipment and can be completed at a minimal cost
- Formal written report with appropriate recommendations is sent to the employer
- Follow-ups with the employee/employer are completed within 1 month on an as needed basis
Therapy & Rehabilitation Services:
- We offer a variety of physical therapy and occupational therapy services
- Please note that we do not offer work hardening or vocational rehab programs
- Completed at the therapy clinic
- Designed to prepare the employee to return to their pre-injury job functions with re-employment at the highest possible level of independent functioning as the main goal
- Concentrates on the physical components of flexibility, strength, coordination, and endurance as well as behavioral components for an individual to return to work
- Work conditioning programs gradually build up to 3 hours per morning, 3 days per week minimum including cardiovascular, stretching/strengthening, and job simulation (lifting, carrying, push/pull, etc.)
- It is an independent program with therapist supervision
- Services are terminated when goals are met to permit a return to work, when improvement plateaus, or when sufficient progress does not appear to be reasonably attainable
Functional Capacity Evaluations:
- 4 hour assessment (completed only in the morning)
- Assesses Active Range of Motion strength, fine-motor dexterity, endurance, pain, sensation, and the individuals ability to perform lifting, carrying, push/pull and other specific job related tasks
- Helps practitioners and insurance companies determine an individual's ability to return to work (to the same job, different job within the same company, or different job altogether)
- Completed when an individual has reached medical end point or status has reached a plateau (and the injury or illness is no longer in its acute stage), the individual wants to return and may or may not need certain accommodations, to help facilitate closure of a workers compensation claim, and to help determine eligibility for disability due to a disease or injury
- A report is written including the major deficits observed and also includes recommendations, i.e. PDC level for lifting, further therapies or work conditioning programs, ability/inability to sit, stand, walk, climb stairs, crawl, or kneel and/or complete fine motor tasks
- It is up to the physician to determine whether or not the patient can work or is disabled and to establish any restrictions for the individual with the employer, insurance company, etc.
More information regarding the return to work programs offered here at Littleton Regional Hospital can be available by contacting the Out-patient Rehabilitation Services department at: 603-838-2800. Often times, there is overlap between the Rehabilitation services and Occupational Health services departments when addressing return to work programs.
If an individual employee or employer would like more information about occupational health services offered at Littleton Regional Hospital please click here to view the Occupational Health department or you can contact them by calling: 603-444-9294.
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