Helping injured workers every step of the way
Olympic Sports & Spine offers a wide variety of Work Injury Services. These services are designed to improve the rehabilitation process for all involved parties - the patient, the physician, the claim manager, the vocational service provider, the employer and the insurer.
All programs focus on function and employ proven evaluation and conditioning methods. Every clinic is equipped with the necessary, specialized equipment and all therapists have completed advanced training in the clinical management of the injured worker.
Finally, communication is central to what we do. We recognize that all parties have an important role to play in the successful management of the injured worker. Our therapists are dedicated to working cooperatively to insure the best outcomes for everyone involved.
All programs focus on the restoration of function and employ proven evaluation and conditioning methods.
Olympic Sports & Spine currently provides the following Work Injury Programs:
- Work Conditioning
- Work Hardening
- Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE)
- Post Offer Screenings
- Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP)
Work Conditioning and Work Hardening
Work conditioning and work hardening are therapeutic programs designed to help patients regain the functional capacity necessary to return to work. These therapies are ideal for patients that have completed traditional physical therapy but still lack the ability to safely complete the specific duties required of his or her job. Work conditioning and work hardening utilize real or simulated work tasks to help prepare patients for a safe transition back into the work force while preventing an exacerbation of the prior injury, or the development of new injuries.
Work conditioning is a rigorous conditioning program designed to help patients regain their systemic, neurological, cardiopulmonary and musculoskeletal functions. This includes activities to improve strength, mobility, power, endurance, and motor control. The goals of a work conditioning program are to restore the patient’s physical capacity and functional abilities, prevent the recurrence of the same injury, and decrease any apprehension regarding a return to work.
Work conditioning programs are generally five days per week, up to two hours each day.
Work hardening is an individualized, highly-structured program designed to help patients return to their pre-injury work level in a safe and timely manner. It aims to help patients regain their biomechanical, cardiovascular, metabolic, neuromuscular and psycho-social functions in conjunction with the capacity to execute their work tasks. Work hardening is multidisciplinary, using a physical therapist, occupational therapist, psychologist and vocational specialist. It includes strengthening and flexibility exercises, cardiovascular conditioning, spine and joint stabilization exercises and job task training (i.e. pushing, pulling, crouching, lifting, bending, sitting, or twisting).
Work hardening typically requires participation five days a week, up to eight hours each day.
Functional Capacity Evaluation
A functional capacity evaluation (FCE) evaluates an individual's capacity to perform work activities related to his or her employment. The FCE process compares the individual's current health status, and functional ability to the demands of the job and the work environment. In essence, an FCE's primary purpose is to evaluate a person's ability to participate in work, although other activities of daily living that support work performance may also be evaluated. Similar types of testing may also be called a functional capacity assessment (FCA), physical capacity assessment or evaluation (PCA or PCE), or work capacity assessment or evaluation (WCA or WCE).
Post Offer Screenings
A Post-Offer Screening at Olympic Sports & Spine is an evaluation of an applicant’s ability to safely perform the duties of a specific job. This type of evaluation is completed after a bona-fide offer of employment has been made to the applicant by his or her prospective employer. A Post-Offer Screening is a simple addition to a company's pre-employment drug screening and physical examination requirements.
OSS can create a separate Post-Offer Screening protocol for each individual job at almost any company. We use existing Job Analyses, or our own Job Demands Analysis to create these customized testing protocols.
- A Remarkable Return on Investment
Most strain and sprain injuries occur because workers are not physically capable of the work they were hired to perform. Hiring workers who can perform the physical demands of the job with certainty is the best injury prevention money can buy. In fact, a recently published study projected savings of $18 for every dollar spent on post-offer screens! It's hard to beat that kind of investment.
- Legal Defensibility
When it comes to Post-Offer Screenings, nothing is more important than the accuracy of the screens and the Job Demands Analysis upon which they are built.
Post-Offer Screens must be job-specific and customized. When it comes to post-offer screens, one size does not fit all. A customized approach and the Work Well system's proven, scientific foundation ensures that all Job Analyses and Post-Offer Screenings are both ADA and EEOC compliant.
Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP)
The Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) is a standardized, community-based intervention provided by occupational or physical therapists. PGAP is best described as a life-role reintegration program designed to help injured workers who are confronted with various medical and/or mental health conditions and the resulting disability. The goal of the program is to help patients progressively recover by gradually increasing their activity.
Benefits of PGAP
- Reduces psychosocial barriers to rehabilitation progress
- Promotes re-integration into life-role activities
- Increases quality of life
- Facilitates a return to work
- Prevents long-term disability
Research has consistently concluded that PGAP is a cost effective intervention for reducing disability associated with persistent pain.
- The client and activity coach meet weekly, for approximately one hour, for a maximum of 10 weeks. (Meetings may be completed via telephone or videoconference.)
- The program’s initial stages focus on structured activity to help the client resume activities.
- The program’s final stages focus on activities that facilitate re-integration into the workplace.