Industrial Rehab + Work Hardening + FCE + PT/OT
When injured workers meet established short- and long-term goals via physical therapy or hand/occupational therapy but are unable to return to work due to remaining functional deficits or deconditioning, they may benefit from a higher level of therapeutic intervention designed specifically with a primary goal of returning to work. Injured workers who benefit most from these programs are usually at least 30 days out from their injury and have a medium or higher physical demand category job to return to. These are full body intensive conditioning programs that focus on work simulation activities to get injured workers back to work.
Monday – Friday: 8AM – 5PM
Tucson Orthopaedic Institute – East Office
2424 North Wyatt Dr, Suite #130
Tucson, AZ 85712
Treatment Options For Industrial Injuries
Acute Industrial Therapy focuses on treating symptoms and restoring function following an on the job injury or illness. Services can include Physical Therapy, Hand Therapy or Pool Therapy. Many injured workers will be able to return to work after acute therapy but they are more likely to make a successful transition when the therapist has an awareness of job demands and addresses critical work functions in treatment.
Patients with physically demanding jobs, significant deconditioning, complex injuries or other return to work barriers may require a more intensive intervention for a successful return to work. Work hardening/Conditioning consists of daily exercise/conditioning, therapy to injured areas and ergonomic education. Services are tailored to meet specific job demands. At discharge, the program provides a comprehensive assessment of ability to perform tasks of a particular job as well as overall work capacities (FCE).
A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) assesses the worker’s capacity to perform specific job requirements and measures ability to do 27 common job related activities. An FCE provides objective foundation for return to work, fitness for duty and job modification determinations. An FCE is also a useful tool for patients with a questionable or complex clinical presentation.