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Rehabilitation Programs for the Workplace


Rehabilitation Programs

  • Hand therapy: Rehabilitation of wrist/hand injuries or pain-related issues.
  • Orthopedic rehabilitation: General outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation services to support joint replacement, traumatic injuries, corrective surgeries, chronic conditions, and pain with specific emphasis on work-related impairments and barriers impacting return to work. 
  • Spine program: Treatment of acute/chronic back pain and headaches through education of proper body mechanics and core stabilization, using McKenzie therapy and manual therapy.
  • Wound care program: Burn care management, debridement, dressing changes, edema management, whirlpool, wound-vac, and education in self care for wounds.  

WorkFit Program: St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Services provides structured, multi-disciplinary, intensive work hardening services for the injured worker who has failed to successfully return to work.

  • Target: The injured worker who has not been successful in return-to-work. We provide multidisciplinary work-hardening-model physical therapy, occupational therapy, case management, as well as medical and psychological direction.
  • Intensive: The injured worker participates in structured work hardening four hours per day, five days per week, for three weeks.
  • Expected outcome: Clarification of return-to-work parameters and medical stability assist with case closure. At discharge, employee should have current work-related capacities and appropriate activity precautions identified, understand safe work environment concepts and habits, be independent in symptom management, and be able to continue his or her exercise program without further need for medically necessary interventions.

Work Conditioning Programs: A scaled-down “menu” approach to assessing the key components of work hardening, and omitting the unnecessary components of a structured multidisciplinary approach.

  • Target: Injured workers who need work hardening, but a structured multidisciplinary approach is not required.
  • Diminished work loss: Allows for the injured worker to continue working a modified schedule, if appropriate.

LifeFit Program: A graduated physical conditioning and functional restoration program for the employee with a long-standing history of significant decrease in function and pain associated with an injury or disease process. The program utilizes a multidisciplinary approach led by a physiatrist to assist the patient in reaching medical stability.

Functional Capacity Assessments

St. Luke’s provides an excellent tool in gathering reliable information in the development of injured worker cases. The KEY Method, a nationally recognized format, is used with the following advantages:

  • Nationally standardized: Inter-rater reliability is greater than 98 percent. The KEY Method is nationally recognized within the medical and legal communities as reliable and accurate. Information from KEY Functional Capacity Assessments has been used as evidence in court, even to the level of state Supreme Courts.
  • Safe: A follow-up study indicated a 99 percent success rate. Out of 100 injured workers who participated in a KEY Functional Capacity Assessment, 93 returned to work at or below the level of physical demand recommended by the assessment, and 92 returned to work safely.
  • Comparisons: A data band of more than 300,000 cases compare the client’s physical capacity to those of uninjured workers, similar populations, and to their outlined job requirements.
  • Research-based: Dr. Andrew Ahlgren of the University of Minnesota and Dr. Dennis Waite of the University of Colorado have published research articles showing the KEY Method as a valid and reliable functional capacity method.
  • Fast: A full body KEY Functional Capacity Assessment takes only 4-5 hours to complete. A comprehensive, easy-to-understand report is available the same day as the assessment. 

Placement and Prevention

These services are available to provide pro-active prevention of costly litigation and injured worker compensation. 

Placement: performing both essential job function analysis and job placement assessments help ensure the best fit between employee and job through truly objective assessment.

  • Essential function job analysis: One of our specialists will analyze the essential functions of any job to determine its work level classification. This assists in meeting regulatory agency requirements for job descriptions and ensures recruitment of employees who can perform the level of work required.
  • Job placement assessments: An inexpensive pre-employment, post-offer screen that meets ADA and EEOC guidelines. Performing the screen determines whether the prospective employee currently has the required physical capacity to perform the job.

Prevention: Empower your employees through employer/employee education and work conditioning programs.

  • Education and training: Our specialists provide on-site educational lectures and training sessions focused on prevention of injury. Topics specific to any work environment may be tailored to the needs of individual employers and employees.
  • Ergonomic assessments: OSHA-compliant ergonomic assessments identify risk factors that may exist in individual or multiple work environments. Employees identify concerns and positive aspects of the job site. Recommendations are made to limit the employee’s exposure to risk factors, thereby creating a safer work environment.