Workers’ Compensation Services
Returning to work following an injury can be difficult. There are physical, mental and emotional barriers that need to be overcome in order to return to work at full capacity. Knowing that there is someone out there who can help you make that transition back to work as smooth and safe as possible is a step in the right direction. From the initial injury through the closure of the case, Advanced Chiropractic & Rehab, Inc. coordinates the care and communicate with all parties involved to help ensure a successful return to work for the injured worker.
Advanced Chiropractic and Rehab, Inc. provides all their workers’ compensation needs from industrial rehabilitation, work conditioning/hardening, and/or Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE). Presenting all these services in one place ensures that the highest quality care is offered from start to finish, all in a friendly, cost-effective, and outcome-oriented environment.
We believe that helping the worker perform to the best of their ability allows them to be productive and more content with their life. That is why Advanced Chiropractic & Rehab, Inc. offers comprehensive programs for work related injuries, so the employee can return to work at the same or better level than before the injury. We put into practice the latest techniques in both physical medicine and industrial rehabilitation methods. Our services are personalized, quality programs that give the injured worker the strength, endurance and confidence to make a safe return to work.
When an injured worker is ready to take the next step toward returning to work, they may benefit from participating in a Work Conditioning/Hardening Program. The objective of the Work Conditioning/Hardening Program is to bridge the gap between acute care and returning to work. This is accomplished with a focus on following a comprehensive, multidisciplinary plan that develops strength, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, and motor control. Furthermore, the program is designed to progressively improve the biomechanical, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, metabolic, and psychosocial functions of the worker to meet on-the-job demands that have been limited due to injury. Our sessions are highly structured, goal oriented, and individualized for each client making the sessions formulated to maximize functional outcomes in order for the participant to return to work without restrictions as quickly and safely as possible.
Advanced Chiropractic and Rehab, Inc. makes it our goal to have excellent communication with complete transparency for all involved parties (physicians, attorneys, workers’ compensation case managers, and employers) when it comes to addressing the clients’ progress in the program. Therefore, Advanced Chiropractic & Rehab provides weekly evaluations to determine the effectiveness of the client’s program in addition to determining if continued treatment is medically necessary.
Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)
A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is a comprehensive evaluation that objectively measures a worker’s physical capabilities and tolerances through a variety of lifts and activities. During this scientifically developed assessment a client’s strength, endurance, physical demand level and positional tolerance will be measured to determine safe lifting guidelines for a possible return to work. Our FCEs are peer-reviewed, validity-based, and legally defensible in the field of occupational rehabilitation. Our facility has a certified Functional Capacity Evaluator (CFCE) on hand to administer the FCE to ensure safety, reliability, validity, and practicality.
Advanced Chiropractic & Rehab, Inc. offers three types of evaluations: Baseline FCE, Job-Specific FCE, and Upper Extremity FCE. Each type of evaluation uses standardized tests and equipment to objectively determine a client’s safe and functional levels for a return to work and case closure. Across the board, the FCEs call on an expansive range of physical effort assessments such as isometric, biomechanical, cardiovascular, and behavioral. The Job-Specific FCE takes it one step further to add in elements of the job description provided by the employer. This sets the work tolerances with specific parameters and the use of structured work simulations. The Upper Extremity FCE will include extra activities that involve tasks specifically geared towards the upper extremity. These tasks are range of motion, strength, sensation, hand and arm coordination as well as work specific testing (such a tool use, keyboarding, etc).
Results are presented in a clear and concise report that is easy to read. The outcomes are utilized to:
- a) determine safe job matches for return to work;
- b) determine the level of reasonable accommodations necessary for reinstating an injured worker
- c) make recommendations regarding future interventions.
Additionally, the results of the FCE may be used by the physician to make a disability rating for insurance purposes.