Industrial Rehabilitation

Patient participating in industrial medicine program The Industrial Medicine Program at OSF Rehabilitation is designed to be a bridge between the hospital and the workplace.

The program helps restore patients' emotional and physical health after an injury or leave of absence and return them back to the role of an employee as soon as safely possible.

Our experienced staff work with patients to simulate work activities and provide reconditioning through the use of state-of-the-art isotonic back and extremity technology.

Business owners need to know their staff is capable of doing the work, and OSF Rehabilitation offers functional job analyses (FJA), functional capacity evaluations (FCE), ergonomic evaluations and consultations, education programs, and acute physical therapy.

Benefits of Industrial Medicine

The Worker Benefits by:

  1. Building strength and endurance
  2. Returning to earning capacity
  3. Restoring confidence
  4. Education to reduce risk of re-injury

The Employer Benefits by:

  1. Returning employee to gainful activity
  2. Reducing re-injury rate
  3. Lowering workers' compensation costs
  4. Reducing hiring and training expenditures by maintaining skills of experienced employees
  5. Coordinating worker's return to work

The Insurance Carrier Benefits by:

  1. Facilitating return to work
  2. Lowering cost of disability
  3. Providing objective assessment of physical capabilities
  4. Determining worker's assets and limitations

What Does Industrial Medicine Involve?

  • Return-to-Work Program

  • The primary purpose of the Return-to-Work Program is to return employees to the workforce at the earliest medically allowable date and in accordance with their medical treatment plan.

    We provide therapy for the treatment of acute musculoskeletal injuries with a focus on home exercise programs and education. Body mechanics and ergonomic education is provided to the patient to help prevent further injury and assist the patient in an early return to work.

    Our staff has open communication with the referring physician, employer, and insurance carrier to facilitate a successful process. A functional capacity evaluation is given to determine when the employee can safely return to work and at what level of restriction, if any.

  • Cost Reduction Technologies (CRT)

  • Cost Reduction Technologies (CRT) is the national preferred employment screening vendor for many insurance companies and their clients throughout the United States.

  • Ergonomics

  • The goal of our ergonomics program is to ensure the work environment is efficient and injury free. The work site is analyzed from an ergonomics perspective and recommendations are made for improvements.

    If needed, changes are made to the work environment, and education is given to the workforce with the goal of decreasing job injuries and workers' compensation costs.

  • Functional Job Analysis (FJA)

  • A Functional Job Analysis is the best way to explore the demands of a job. A trained therapist visits the workplace and evaluates the physical demands of the job. Force gauges are used to measure the weight and force workers must be able to tolerate.

    During this process, the duration and cycle of production are timed. Workers can then be evaluated to ensure better comparison between their abilities and the skills required for the job.

  • Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)

  • The Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is a series of standardized tests used to determine the job requirements an injured worker is capable of performing. This evaluation is used as a starting point for a worker's industrialized rehabilitation program.

    The FCE can be customized to fit the demands of the particular job. A direct comparison is made between the demands of the job and the abilities of the worker.

    If the worker is not at the physical demand level required of the job, they can either return to work with appropriate restrictions or enter an industrial rehabilitation program.

  • Work Hardening

  • For employees who are cleared to return to work from an injury, but are not back to 100 percent, the work hardening physical training process methodically gets you accustomed to the physical requirements of the job.

Preparing for Your Therapy

You will need a physician’s referral to set up an initial evaluation appointment.

What to Bring

For non-work related therapies, please bring your insurance card and a photo ID. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

When to Arrive

Arrive about 15 minutes prior to your scheduled visit to complete your registration process.

For children under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must be present for the initial appointment.

What to Expect

The first visit will take a little longer, approximately 45 minutes to an hour. This provides the therapist time to talk with you and gather information and measurements.

The therapist may give you a home exercise program to help get you started on your road to recovery.