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Work Injury Management

Employer Services

The Kingston Injury Management Centre – Physiotherapy Clinic offers a range of services to assist companies with injury prevention and management. These services can be customized to fit your company's specific needs and include the following;   

  • Early access to physiotherapy treatment
  • Injury prevention seminars
  • Physical ability screens
  • Post-offer screens
  • Physical demands analysis

Early access to physiotherapy treatment

Studies show that after injury, early active treatment promotes faster recovery and an earlier return to work. This reduces the duration of the worker's disability and can help avoid a costly claim. Injured workers are seen within 48 hours of referral. This allows for early education regarding injury management and provides the worker with appropriate expectations regarding recovery and return to work.

Recommendations regarding work restrictions and modified work are made following the initial visit. These are discussed with the worker and are communicated to the employer. Regular updates are provided as the worker's physical abilities improve.

Treatment programs are individualized and based on assessment findings. Treatment may include;

  • Modalities (ultrasound, acupuncture, electrical stimulation, laser therapy, ice, heat) to control pain and inflammation
  • Manual therapy techniques and therapeutic exercise to restore motion
  • Education regarding the nature of their injuries and how to prevent recurrences through education and improved work habits
  • Work conditioning to restore normal movement patterns, endurance and exercise tolerance

Injury Prevention Seminars

On site group educational seminars on "Office Ergonomics" are available. This seminar is 1-1.5 hours in duration and teaches the worker how to improve the set-up of their computer workstation and how to avoid awkward work postures. The importance of proper body alignment and regular stretch breaks is emphasized.

Seminars on Back Care Education are also available. The importance of using proper body mechanics during bending, lifting, pushing, pulling, and carrying is reviewed. Safe work practices, optimal working postures, and stretching exercises to counter work related back strain are also addressed. This seminar can be customized to meet the specific needs of your company.

Physical Ability Screens

The physical ability screen measures the worker's physical capabilities to determine if he/she is capable of meeting the physical demands of his/her job. The specific abilities that are tested are determined by the physical demands analysis (PDA) of the worker's job.

A physical ability screen can be used to determine if a worker has regained the physical abilities to resume his normal work duties after injury or illness.

The screen involves a musculoskeletal assessment by a physiotherapist, followed by testing of physical abilities by a certified kinesiologist.

This is a 1.5-2 hour assessment and should not be confused with a Functional Capacity Evaluation, which involves comprehensive testing over a 1-2 day period.

Post-Offer Screens

Post-offer screens (also known as post-employment testing) are used to ensure that new employees are capable of meeting the physical demands of a specific job.

A post-offer screen is generally conducted after the offer of employment, but before the employee has started to work.

The goals of the post-offer screen are to:

  1. Determine if there is a match between the employee's physical abilities and the physical demands of the job. A physical demands analysis of the specific job is mandatory. This ensures that the testing accurately reflects the demands of the job which has been offered.
  2. To provide a baseline regarding medical history and functional abilities.
  3. To provide education regarding safe work practices, optimal body mechanics, and to provide, when indicated, specific exercises which may help to reduce the risk of injury.

Physical Demands Analysis

A Physical Demands Analysis (PDA) describes the physical requirements of the job. It focuses on the strength, mobility, sensory, cognitive and environmental requirements of essential and non-essential job duties.

PDA's have a variety of uses in the workplace. They can be used pro-actively to prevent injury and they can be used following injury to guide the rehabilitation and return to work process.

PDA's are used to;

  • Determine if there is a match between worker abilities and job demands
  • Assist with accommodation of injured workers and safe return to work
  • Assist with the development of Post-Offer Screening Tests