On-site Physical Therapy
Ergo Solution, Inc. customizes on-site therapy and ergonomic
programs to meet the unique needs of your employees and workplace. This approach
decreases costs and enhances productivity of your work force.
On-site services at no additional cost to employer.
An ongoing challenge to employers is controlling the costs, liability, and loss
of production associated with workplace injury. In addition, the state of California
and OSHA have mandated legislation and guidelines, which are both rigorous and time
consuming to the employer. Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) are the largest single
job-related injury and illness problem in the US accounting for nearly $1 of every $3
spent on workers' compensation cost of more than $15 billion to employers
(Occupational Safety and Health Administration: Ergonomics Program Final Rule, 65
Fed Reg 68262 2000). The average high-risk workplace spends $250,000 on MSD
(musculoskeletal disorder) claims per 100 employees per year (Journal of Occupational
Health & Safety, Jan. 1991) without factoring in the hidden costs such as low morale.
Traditionally, most employers use outside providers for physical therapy services.
Potential pitfalls of this approach include delayed scheduling and variable quality
of care. In addition, the employees' work is disrupted, time is spent away from the
job, and travel expenses are incurred. These factors increase claim costs that in
turn increase premiums. Cost savings with on-site physical therapy average $1,000-2,000 per case. Fewer therapy visits result in less time away from work.
Carpal tunnel syndrome receives a lot of media attention and results in more employee
days away from work than any other workplace injury. The median number of days away
from work for carpal tunnel syndrome is 25, compared with 20 for amputations and 17
for fractures (US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Lost-Worktime Injuries and Illnesses:
Characteristics and Resulting Time Away From Work, 2000. Washington, DC, US Bureau
of Labor Statistics; 2002).
Research shows that 47% of workers return to their pre-injury jobs with outside
clinic based therapy programs compared to 85% with on-site therapy programs.
· Full service injury evaluation and
treatment offered on-site.
· Injury prevention programs.
· All therapy performed by state
and nationally licensed therapists
with background in industrial care.
· Customized employee stretching
and exercise programs.
· Triage screening evaluation.
· First aide therapy intervention.
· Functional Capacity Evaluations
(can be customized).
· Second opinion on outside care.
· Individual job risk analyses.
· Restricted duty design, assignment,
· Worker Comp management seminars
· Ergonomic analysis per department
· Training of the ergonomics team.
· Participation on the ergonomics team.
· New employee injury prevention
screening and orientation.
· Problem-solving with occupational
health nurse or safety staff.
· Decreases worker's compensation costs
and wage replacement.
· Early intervention therapy facilitates
rapid return to work.
· Enhances productivity by minimizing
· Reduces injuries and encourages
· Rehabilitation focused towards
individual job requirements.
· Improves attendance and speeds
· Stimulates employer involvement and
control over the recovery process.
· Instills safe work behavior and
tools to avoid re-injury.