Work Injuries & FCE's

Work injuries and functional capacity evaluations

Abilities can help.

Millions of Americans are injured while working.  Common work injuries include shoulder disorders and cumulative trauma to the arms, wrists and hands from repetitive motions, which can cause carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis.  Cumulative-trauma injuries continue to increase as computer usage spreads throughout business and industry.

Musculoskeletal disorders are among the most prevalent medical problems.  They affect 7% of the population and account for 14% of physician visits and 19% of hospital stays.  Work-related musculoskeletal disorders are caused or made worse by the work environment.  They can cause severe, often debilitating symptoms such as pain, numbness and tingling.  They can also reduce worker productivity by causing missed time from work, varying degrees of disability and increased Worker’s Compensation costs. 

Forceful, prolonged or repetitive motions with your hands, frequent or heavy lifting, moving or carrying heavy objects and awkward postures can all contribute to work injuries.  Work conditions that combine these risk factors will also increase the risk for trauma and musculoskeletal injuries.  Your level of risk depends on how long you’re exposed to these conditions, how often you are exposed and your level of exposure.   

Comprehensive evaluation and treatment.

We have the training, credentials and ability to resolve all kinds of work-related upper extremity injuries.  Our functional capacity evaluations (FCEs) provide a systematic process for assessing individual physical functional abilities.  The FCE matches individual performance levels to the demands of a specific job, work activity or occupation.  The FCE establishes the physical level of work an individual can perform.  It also helps in determining the job placement, job accommodation or return to work after an injury or illness.

The FCE program is designed to help bring about pain relief and return to function for the injured employee through occupational therapy.  Case managers coordinate necessary treatment to ensure continuity of care for the injured employee.  In addition, employers and their affiliates will receive prompt and efficient communication from Abilities Hand Rehabilitation.

Our plan for resolving an upper extremity work injury or trauma is based on the individual’s needs and work situation.  We consider the evidence and incorporate only those evidence-based therapies known to get good results.  The goal of our customized therapy is to improve a worker’s ability to perform work tasks safely while reducing pain and increasing mobility.

There are many ways for employees to get injured on the job.  We treat all upper extremity injuries, and we strive for the best results possible.  To learn more about how we can help, please call us at 419-627-2526.

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