Five Strategies for Preventing and Treating Workplace Injuries | Oregon Spine & Physical Therapy

Five Strategies for Preventing and Treating Workplace Injuries

  1. Begin Your Fit2WRK Program by Assessing Jobs: Job Demand Analysis
    • Quantify and document a job’s physical demands.
    • Identify potential hazards that could cause musculoskeletal injuries.
    • Match the right worker to the right job.
    • Provide health care professionals with an injured worker’s exact job information.
  2. Take Care of Potential Problems:  Early Intervention Services
    • Encourage employees with musculoskeletal discomfort to have the problem screened before it worsens.
    • Reduce the number of OSHA recordable injuries.
    • Reduce lost time for treatment of injuries.
    • Teach employees how to self-manage to prevent injury.
  3. Prepare for Work Like an Athlete:  Exercise and Self-Treatment
    • Just like an athlete, a worker should be physically conditioned through strength training and exercise to prevent injuries and enhance team performance.
    • Customize an exercise program for specific jobs to reduce stress and strain and increase productivity.
    • Teach employees to recognize early signs of physical strain and to use specific exercises to relieve symptoms and prevent accumulated trauma.
  4. Return to Work Safely and Quickly:  Comprehensive Rehabilitation
    • Oregon Spine & Physical Therapy is a certified Mechanical Diagnosis Therapy (MDT) clinic.  MDT facilitates a treatment program that expedites return to work in less time than traditional therapy takes.
    • Functional Capacity Evaluations and Fit for Duty Tests ensure an accurate determination of an employee’s physical abilities and readiness to return to work.
    • Work Conditioning and Work Hardening programs minimize prolonged recovery by focusing on job task simulation and increasing strength and endurance to restore neuromuscular functions needed to perform job duties.
  5. Get Your Employees Involved:  Onsite Education and Training
    • Train employees about proper body mechanics to reduce injury and improve efficiency.
    • Learn simple, cost-effective ways to make work stations, production lines and other work areas safer by reducing workers’ musculoskeletal strains.
    • Educate a wide range of employees from office workers to construction workers on ergonomic techniques that will prevent strain and increase efficiency.