Occupational and Physical Therapy
Star•One Rehab has licensed and fully credentialed therapists including specialists in key areas. These include a Board Certified Hand Therapist, Board Certified Orthopedic Physical Therapists, and a Certified Wound Specialist. In addition the staff has extensive experience in work related injury prevention and management.
Post-Offer Physical Ability Testing
Therapists perform a job site assessment to help determine the essential job functions which leads to a physical performance assessment that tests whether a potential candidate can perform those essential functions. This is normally performed in conjunction with the business health medical staff. The testing is tailored to the needs of the employer with the goal of helping the employer hire those candidates that can successfully perform the essential functions while minimizing the company’s exposure to injuries. Another goal is to minimize a new employee’s risk of injury and thereby improving work satisfaction and quality of life.
Job Site Assessments
Star•One has therapists with extensive experience in assessing workstations in order to provide recommendations as to preventive measures, ergonomic changes, and body mechanics. The job site assessment includes a report that details deficiencies as well as what the company has done well. Considerations/recommendations are then provided with the goal of helping the employer impact their workforces’ health and effectiveness in performing the job with less stress to the body. This includes suggestions of potential design changes, educational needs, stretches/exercises that address the body parts used, and methods in which the employee(s) can perform the job with the least risk of injury.
This program helps an injured worker transition between acute therapy and return to work by improving their overall strength and condition and reducing their risk of re-injury. This program is typically performed 3 days per week for 1-3 hours each session. This primarily includes strengthening and conditioning activities with some work simulation to get the worker in better physical condition to perform their job duties.
This is a program for individuals who have been off work for some time and need extensive rehabilitation to improve their overall level of strength and conditioning prior to re-entering the workforce. It is the last phase usually offered before exiting the medical system. Following completion of work hardening the patient is expected to either return to work or is deemed to be at Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI). The client is expected to attend therapy 3-4 hours per day – 5 days per week. It is a very structured program and participants are informed that the same attendance and behavioral expectations exist as if they were reporting to work. In contrast to work conditioning, work hardening includes a lot of work simulation and structured activities to help the worker make the physical and emotional transition from injured patient to productive worker.
Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)
This is an extensive evaluation of the individual’s maximum work potential. The most common FCE is a two day, 3-4 hour per day evaluation that assesses all aspects of the individual’s ability to perform work tasks. It includes a report of the person’s validity (whether they are working at maximum effort or not), the level of work required at their job (if any available), the level they performed at, and any recommended work levels/restrictions.
BTE or Cybex Exams
These specialized instruments allow the therapists at Star•One to gather a detailed objective assessment of the individual’s strength and performance compared to the average population or the uninvolved extremity (arm or leg).
Therapists with extensive experience treating and training injured and healthy workers provide education at the work site or at specified locations. Presentations are designed for both the employees and management staff. These include but are not limited to:
- Back care and body mechanics
- Arm care