Many risk factors have been identified, and include occupational as well as non-occupational factors.
Yes. The SpineCare team strongly believes the following factors are critical in preventing long term disability:
Our staff works with employees and with safety and human resources personnel to help employees incorporate correct body mechanics and lifting/material handling practices. We can also help identify critical job demands and ways to meet them efficiently and safely. This cooperative approach allows SpineCare and safety or human resources personnel to integrate back protection techniques for successful return to work, and helps employees integrate learned body mechanics and lifting techniques into daily work situations.
This will vary depending on the type and severity of injury. Every person heals differently. Once your employee begins the stabilization program at SpineCare, the SpineCare team will reassess your injured employee’s ability to return to work. Clinical research has consistently shown that early return to work (even in a modified capacity) is associated with better overall outcome and lower costs. As back care providers in today’s market, we’re aware that managing healthcare costs is vital to employers.
Every employee has the potential for injury. However, your employee’s increased knowledge of spine protection and stabilization/strengthening minimizes the risk of re-injury.
To facilitate return to work for the injured worker, tThe employer can follow the return to work recommendations provided by the SpineCare team. A well thought out and organized modified duty program to transition your injured employee back to work greatly facilitates our goal of early reactivation and return to work, both of which have shown to improve outcomes and reduce costs. An onsite job assessment by one of our Ergonomic Evaluator Specialists who can also assist the patient in integrating learned principals/techniques into work environment.
It is true that about 20 percent of injured workers account for over 80 percent of the costs for treatment and disability in the workplace. Although we don’t have all the answers to this problem, we do have a team of physicians, physical therapists, a clinical psychologist and other staff who work together to identify potentially complicated cases early on so that stakeholders–the employee, employer and treatment team–can work for the best possible outcome.
Internal auditing has shown our surgical rate to be the lowest in the community; however, sometimes surgery is necessary. At SpineCare, we are committed to identifying the need for surgery early to avoid the burdensome additional costs and risks associated with the delay of appropriate care, and to avoiding surgical treatment unless a well-defined need exists.