At Optimal PT, the injured worker is similar to the injured athlete (or performer); only the playing field is different. Our dedicated therapists work closely with all involved parties to ensure appropriate case management, cost containment and successful return to work. We have a variety of services that address the needs of the injured worker:
Individualized treatment plans
Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE’s)
Post-Offer Employment Testing (POETs)
INDUSTRIAL REHAB SERVICES
Designed for patients who have been off work or restricted from work for more than a few weeks. The program incorporates material handling, postural tolerances, general conditioning, therapy exercises, and body mechanics education. The goal is to return patients to their regular duty with minimal risk of re-injury. Work hardening is group therapy that is usually ordered 4 hours/day for 5 days/week.
FUNCTIONAL CAPACITY EVALUATION
Generally, a 4-hour evaluation to determine a patient’s job-related functional abilities. Testing includes material handling ability, postural tolerances, objective musculoskeletal measurements and validity testing which includes information on the patient’s effort and reliability. The XRTS FCE format is our chosen FCE format and includes validity testing with the Hand Strength Assessment and Lever arm to determine the sincerity of effort.
PRE-EMPLOYMENT & POST-EVALUATIONS
Designed to meet the individual needs of the employer to screen for the worker’s ability to perform the essential functions of the job as well as provide a baseline musculoskeletal evaluation. WorkSTEPS is our chosen Post offer format but we do administer other post offers as chosen by employers.