Rehabilitation & Other Therapies
Aurora Occupational Rehabilitation offers personalized, cost-effective
services, ranging from prevention and wellness to rehabilitation of injured
workers with the goal of returning the employee to work.
Our experienced clinicians also can provide onsite ergonomic assessments
to assist with injury prevention, develop pre-placement, post-offer
functional tests, or provide recommendations regarding reasonable
accommodation for ADA compliance.
Our work programs are designed to address the physical, and cultural
needs of the individual to achieve maximum independent functioning in a
vocation and a full return to work. We provide highly structured, goal
oriented and individualized occupational therapy programs to transition
workers through the process from acute care, back to work.
A team including occupational and physical therapists work with the
physician on specialized programs for the injured worker. Many of Aurora
BayCare's therapists have completed advanced training in occupational topics
such as ergonomics, functional capacity evaluations, and evaluation and
treatment of the injured worker.
Individualized treatment functional capacity evaluations
A functional capacity evaluation determines an injured worker's maximum
physical and functional capabilities objectively and comprehensively.
During a 3-4 hour time period, endurance and consistency are measured
through sustained performance in response to broadly defined work
activities. Through this testing we can objectively evaluate the
individual's level of effort and true functional limitations. This test also
measures positional tolerance, flexibility, whole body strength, body
mechanics, work behaviors and relevant work tasks.
A functional capacity evaluation can provide the physician with
- Objectively rate a disability
- Determine return-to-work status
- Evaluate for vocational retraining
Work conditioning program
Work conditioning is a 2-4 week personalized return-to-work program.
Included are an evaluation of each person's work environment, simulated work
activities, exercise and education, all focusing on the goal of returning
employees to work.
The work conditioning evaluation and program include:
- Functional capacity evaluation
- On-site job analysis
- Musculoskeletal evaluation
- Physical reconditioning/exercise
- Injury-prevention education
- Work-simulation activities
The benefits of the program include:
- Injured workers increase their overall muscle strength and
cardiovascular endurance, and learn how to prevent re-injury.
- Employers reduce medical costs, replacement labor costs and lost
- Insurers reduce costs and avoid unsuccessful long-term
rehabilitation through early referral to an Aurora Rehabilitation
- Physicians have assurance that their patients receive high-quality
treatment in a timely manner.
Comprehensive care provided
Cumulative Trauma Education - An educational group
session, usually on-site, that instructs employees in prevention and
management of cumulative trauma injuries. Educational sessions can be
tailored to specific needs identified, for example, office ergonomics,
fitness, stress management, etc.
Pre-Placement, Post-Offer Functional Testing - This tests a
post-offer candidate's ability to perform the essential physical components
of a job. This can assist employers in complying with the Americans with
Disabilities Act. This is usually provided as part of a pre-employment
physical examination. These tests are job-related and give objective and
reliable information about the candidate's ability to do the job.
Worker Exercise Program - Exercises designed for employees that are
meant to be performed on the job as a warm-up and stretching program. A
"train the trainer" approach may be used.
Spine Rehabilitation Program - A treatment program,
usually consisting of education, stretches, strengthening and home
exercises, to restore function of an injured back, empower the injured
employee to manage back problems and prevent re-injury.
Hand Rehabilitation Program - A specialized area of therapy that
treats injuries and problems of the hand. Hand therapists are often
certified and have had additional training focusing on the intricate
structures and functions of the hand.
On-site Rehabilitation - Rehabilitation services offered at the job
site, particularly post-injury treatment. With on-site service, employees
can reduce costs associated with travel time and clinicians can provide
assessment for job readiness using real job activities and make
recommendations for the removal of ergonomic hazards. These services
contribute to improved employee morale and job satisfaction, as well as
injury prevention and loss control.
Orthopedic Rehabilitation - Evaluation and treatment of injuries to
the skeleton, muscles, tendons and supporting soft tissue structures.
Includes fractures, strains, sprains and other injuries.
Rehabilitation Case Management - The coordination of rehabilitation
services for an injured employee involves managing communication and
intervention between rehabilitation services and the physician, employer,
employee, rehabilitation nurse and insurance adjusters, to ensure quality,
cost effective outcomes.
ADA Consulting - Guidance regarding ADA issues,
particularly regarding to reasonable accommodations and workplace
OSHA Consulting - Guidance on OSHA issues in conjunction
with Aurora Occupational Health.
ADA Job Descriptions - Clinicians can assist employers in
writing job descriptions by quantitatively and qualitatively evaluating
essential physical demands of a job and providing tools to assist in
identifying other qualifications.
Fitness Programs - Any number of exercise or educational
programs aimed at promoting wellness and preventing illness and injuries.
Ergonomic Assessment - An analysis of a workstation to
identify injury risk and to make recommendations for remediation, or to
provide recommendations regarding reasonable accommodation for ADA