ProEx stands out as a leader in providing comprehensive corporate wellness programs and work injury management services to organizations of all sizes, all across New England. That's because we understand that a healthy workforce is essential to the bottom line success of your organization. We want to get involved with you and your team before work injuries happen. Our work injury management specialized therapists are certified by Workwell Systems on Occupational Rehabilitation, Work Conditioning, and Functional Capacity Evaluations to create effective corporate wellness programs.
Please watch this short video as Ben Barron, our Director of Work Injury Management Services, explains how we can help you to manage and prevent work injuries. Contact Ben today for a consultation so you can see how we can help you cut costs, decrease your risks and increase your bottom line through employee health and lifestyle wellness.
Effective work injury management starts with an evaluation to determine the cause of the injury, understanding the physical demands of the job, and proper treatment of the injured worker. Injury treatment may include traditional physical therapy, work conditioning and a Functional Capacity Evaluation(FCE).
The ultimate goal of our corporate wellness programs is injury prevention through education, identification of early warning signs of an injury, and early intervention. ProEx physical therapy specialists can assist with on-site administration of injury prevention programs and on the job site analysis to identify potential work hazards. We understand the impact of subtle differences in workplace ergonomics and use that to improve health in the workplace.
I was injured at work. What should I do?
The first step is to report the incident to your employer as soon as possible and make an accurate documentation of the incident. If you need to seek treatment, ask your employer if they have a specific protocol for dealing with your particular incident. For example, do you need to see an occupational health doctor that your employer recommends? Also look into whether your state worker’s compensation regulation allows you to see your own physician, should you feel a need to see your own doctor. A good resource to consult with, in most states, is the Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA). If you need to seek medical advice, receive treatment for the condition, or have to be out of work; make sure that your employer begins the process of submitting the claim and acquiring a claim number with the employer’s Worker’s Compensation insurance provider. You will need this in order to obtain financial coverage for any medical services. back to top
What is your approach to a work related injury? ProEx Physical Therapy believes early treatment is the best approach for effective healing and a swift return to work. We understand that getting injured at work can be frustrating, painful and create financial hardships in your life. Our physical therapists understand the demands of your job, and take into account any physical limitations that may affect your job performance when devising your treatment. back to top
I have neck and arm pain from being on a computer all day. What can I do for relief?
This common work-related injury may be aggravated by your desk chair. Make sure it is stable and comfortable to work in. With a properly adjusted seat, you should be able to sit up-right with good posture. Once your seat is properly adjusted, make sure the top of your monitor is about eye level and an arms length away directly in front of you. Once you have created a properly adjusted work environment (seat and equipment in correct position), you may need to consider taking short breaks every half hour for about 1-2 minutes to give your body a physical rest by changing positions and provide movement through your body. Standing up, walking, and doing some simple stretches can be very effective. If the condition does not improve or worsens consult with your employer to inquire if they have any ergonomic specialists to assist with your work station arrangement. Our ProEx specialists are always available for on-site consultation at your company’s request. back to top
I've had prolonged lower back pain. What is the best way to try and return to work?
Lower back pain is the most common work-related injury. It is the number one cause of lost work days by employees. Scientific evidence suggests that the most effective physical therapy treatment is an active exercise program. A well prescribed exercise program should include global exercise (cardiovascular), semi-global exercise (full body functional exercise movement) and local exercise (specific low back and core exercise). ProEx physical therapists are experienced in prescribing exercise programs as part of their specialized training in Medical Exercise Therapy (MET). back to top
What is the key to an effective work injury prevention program?
The keys are education and early intervention. Education includes having the employee understand the demands of their job, the physical risks and how to minimize the risks with proper equipment, ergonomics and body mechanics. Early reporting is the most important factor in preventing an injury from developing. Generally, soreness and aches do not drive you to seek medical help. But when you have pain and decreased function (decrease ability to perform movements or tasks) then you will seek help. But the key is to “nip it in the bud” during the soreness and aching period so it doesn’t progress to pain and decreased function. Ask your employer if they have any education or early intervention programs to assist you with preventing injuries. ProEx Physical Therapy provides injury prevention programs for employers and if you want more information about these programs please contact info@PROexPT.com. back to top
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DISCLAIMER The content on this website is intended to provide information to the general public in regards to recognition and care for orthopedic, spine, sports medicine and work related injuries. It is meant to supplement and not replace the advice of medical professionals. In the event of an illness or injury you should always consult your physician and discuss options and treatment pertinent to your individual case.