When someone gets injured at work, it’s common to think that they can continue to work if they are just “careful” – but the truth is, they really need time away from their job to recover. U.S. HealthWorks provides physical and occupational therapy so that once the employee is ready to come back to work, they can go through a transitional period in order to safely observe and correct their skills. This transitional period is not something that should be done alone which is why having an occupational therapy company like U.S. HealthWorks assist is crucial to getting your employee back to performing their job duties safely and in a timely manner.
An occupational therapist will…
Once an employee is back at work and ready to start picking up where they left off, an occupational therapist takes a few things into consideration when guiding the employing. They will:
- Evaluate the employee while they work – making sure they can complete tasks properly and fluidly. If the employee is having difficulty, the therapist can incorporate strategic techniques to help them improve.
- Suggest modifying movements – Because jumping right back into work is not going to be easy for an employee who just had knee surgery or something like that, modifying movements will make performing job duties safer and easier for the employee.
- Find tasks for an employee – If the employee if having difficulty performing their regular job duties due to their injury, the therapist may recommend some other job tasks in the meantime while the employee continues to recover.
- Monitor the employee’s progress – Until the employee is fully recovered, occupational therapy companies will continue to monitor the employee and determine if they can safely go back to their regular work duties.
Occupational therapy companies will reduce costs
It is important that as an employer you make sure your employees are only returning to work when they are fully recovered. Having an occupational company determine that can actually save your company money as opposed to allowing an unstable employee return to work and hurt themselves again. U.S. HealthWorks will make sure that employee productivity and safety are top priorities as they return back to work.
Sources: The American Occupational Therapy, Inc., http://www.aota.org/about-occupational-therapy/patients-clients/work/job.aspx