Return To Work Program
Returning to work after an illness or injury can be a difficult process.
Recovery is not straightforward. You may feel ready to return to some of your previous duties, but remain unsure about others. Depending on the injury and what is required physically at the workplace, many people feel anxious about returning to work. It can be even harder if the injury occured at work.
We want you to know that these experiences are normal and our healthcare team can help make the rehabilitation process easier – we will help you get back to work!
pt Health's return to work program offers you an integrated approach to managing your injury and symptoms. Our approach is geared so that you can be allowed to return to your job. In most cases, patients work with various health care providers to get the care and attention they need to be rehabilitated.
Returning to work depends on many factors. These factors include your injury or illness, the support of your employer, your job duties, whether you can return to work on modified duties and many others. We will work with you to ensure that you can return to work as soon as possible. You may not return to work full-time in your regular duties right away. Our recommendations may include developing a graduated return to work plan where you work part of the time and participate in our work hardening program for a few hours per week.
Anyone who has an illness or injury that prevents a return to work would benefit from some form of rehabilitation. Please contact our clinic to arrange an appointment with a healthcare professional who can speak with you about your unique situation.
Our clinicians are able to travel to remote locations for these assessments. In many cases your employer or Workplace Insurance Company or Board will pay for the assessments to assist you in returning to work safely.
pt Health offers:
1. Work Hardening & Conditioning
- This 8-week program focuses on physical conditioning that addresses the issues of strength, endurance, flexibility, motor control and cardiac function. You may attend one of our clinics 2-4 times per week to rehabilitate you to the point where you are safe to return to the job.
2. Occupational Therapy
- Hand Therapy and Splinting
- Return to Work Case Coordination
4. Chronic Disease Self-Managment
5. Naturopathic Medicine
- Nutritional Counselling to aid in your health and recovery
6. Therapeutic Massage
1. Are there tests carried out for work conditioning?
There are tests done to find out how efficient and effective a worker will be when he or she returns to the work environment. Some of the tests that are done assess cardiovascular strength, coordination, flexibility, aerobic/anaerobic activity and level of body fat.
2. How is a person’s functional ability evaluated?
To know about a person’s functional ability at work, the individual is asked about his or her responsibilities at work. Their detailed medical history is studied and compared with their current progress in terms of recuperation from a health problem. Functional testing evaluates a person’s ability to do exercises like push-ups, squats, bending, lifting objects, usage of hands and other work-related tasks .
3. How long do the work conditioning or work hardening evaluations last?
Since evaluations are detailed, they take about 3 hours.
4. Can the job profile of an employee be modified through work conditioning?
Yes, the individual’s ability to do various tasks related to the job are assessed. He or she is encouraged to do similar work though simulated activities. However, if the patient is not able to do the same kind of work that was performed before the injury, a report is sent to the employer to suggest some changes in the work profile of the employee to suit his or her ability. The employer is more than welcome to incorporate the changes on medical grounds. This typically results in just and fair treatment of the employee.
5. Which is the best time to go for work conditioning or work hardening?
The best time to go for work conditioning is when the individual is medically fit to be discharged but he or she is not yet fit enough to handle the tasks and pressures of the job.
pt Health therapy services are covered by most extended health insurance companies and in some cases Veterans Affairs and Medicare - such as OHIP (Ontario), Alberta Health Care and Medical Service Plan MSP (British Columbia). Not sure if you're covered? No problem. We can help you find out (and usually within the hour). Just call us toll free at 1-866-749-7461.
At pt Health we believe your health should come first. We take care of the paperwork so you can focus on getting better, plus we offer direct insurance billing, saving you time and up front costs.
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