When someone is injured on or off the job enough to miss work, the stress on them and their family can be intense. Employees want to know how quickly they can get back to work, and what they need to do in order to return to work.
Employers and insurers will require your entire medical team to work together to document and treat your injuries. Once you are ready to get back to work you will most likely need medical clearance to start.
Your Physical Therapist will work with you and your physician to properly evaluate and plan your treatment regimen that will include a wide range of exercises and manual therapy to recover from your injury and restore job specific abilities. Additional education on posture and lifting techniques may also be given to help you safely return to work as fast as possible.
Once you and your team feel confident in your recovery, your therapist will perform a functional capacity evaluations (FCE) to help determine your ability to get back to work. FCE's are a set of tests and observations to objectively determine your ability to function in a variety of circumstances. Physicians use FCE's to sometimes reevaluate a diagnoses or return to work plan.
Functional Capacity Evaluations may include:
- a client interview
- medical record review
- musculoskeletal screening
- graded material-handling activities such as lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling
- pain monitoring
- evaluation of an individual's hand dexterity, hand coordination, endurance, and other job-specific functions
- positional tolerance activities such as sitting, standing, walking, balancing, reaching, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, object handling/manipulation, fingering, hand grasping, and hand manipulation, pushing, and pulling
During your time at Meridian Physical Therapy you'll work with the same therapists every time you attend, with no PT aids you will be in the hands of a therapist every visit
Advanced hands on techniques, to loosen tight muscles joints and tissues, to reduce or eliminate pain and restore mobility.
No one-size-fits-all protocols. Exercises are selected specifically for you and advanced at an appropriate pace.