Occupational health services at Pella Regional are provided during the early phase of a work-related injury. Occupational and physical therapists set the stage for optimal recovery and a safe return to work. The focus of the therapy program is to maximize the worker's functional skills in order to perform job tasks effectively and safely to lead the most independent and productive lives possible.
Therapists most commonly treat such injuries as sprains, strains and symptoms of cumulative trauma. Severe injuries, such as lacerations, crush injuries, fractures and tendon repairs are treated as well. Early intervention is essential in the recovery process.
Therapists evaluate and develop a goal directed plan to assist the return-to-work process, which includes the following:
- Treatment modalities including heat, ice, ultrasound, paraffin or hydro/fluidotherapy are performed to promote healing, provide comfort and reduce pain and swelling.
- Building strength, flexibility and cardiovascular conditioning through exercise.
- Supports, braces and splints are fabricated to immobilize or protect an injured area.
- Movement pattern retraining through work simulation to give the worker knowledge of safe, effective ways to perform job tasks.
- Tool and job site analysis and modification to maximize function and reduce the risk of future injury.
Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)
Functional capacity evaluation (FCE) is a test used as a return-to-work process or work hardening. The test is administered over a 2-day period by specially-trained therapists and is used to evaluate functional abilities.
The test provides needed information to the worker, employer and physician. The information allows employers to place workers at the safest level of work while avoiding activities beyond their abilities.
Therapists at Pella Regional have been trained in the comprehensive program of Isernhagen Work Systems (IWS). IWS is an internationally recognized program that has had worldwide success in returning people to work and to other physical activity, as well as keeping them safe. IWS is an advanced training system specializing in the areas of functional capacity evaluation, functional job analysis, work conditioning, ergonomics, pre-work screening, cumulative trauma prevention and acute care.
Functional Job Analysis
Our staff can offer recommendations for ergonomic modifications to make your work site safer. A job site evaluation can also help after an injury has occurred to:
- Better understand the cause of the injury
- Determine course of treatment
- Establish criteria for returning to work at the appropriate level
Our on-site analysis of job sites and tasks performed produces clear data to aid a business in injury prevention, ergonomic modifications and ADA compliance.