Workplace Assessment & Management

Physiotherapists have a strong interest in the prevention, management and treatment of work-related injuries. Their goal is to help patients return to work by managing work-related injuries in a way that minimises lost time and maximises productivity and by educating workers and managers on injury prevention.

Role of physiotherapy

Some physiotherapists are employed to treat people and manage injuries on-site while other physiotherapists in private practice may consult with employers and doctors to treat and manage injuries on an individual basis.

Assessment of the worker is ideally carried out in conjunction with workplace assessment, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the worker, their work and working environment. The information gained by the physiotherapist can be used to assist with issuing WorkCover certificates by establishing the demands of the job relative to the capabilities of the worker and ensuring the best possible match.

Physiotherapists use various techniques to help prevent workplace injury such as:
bullet Ergonomic assessment and recommendations for job/workplace modification.
bullet Advice on work practices which can include advice regarding work/rest cycles, stretches and exercises to be performed before and during work, job rotation and sequencing of tasks.
bullet Risk analysis based on the current Code of Practice.
bullet Manual handling training and advice.
bullet Education and training in areas such as working posture, stretching and flexibility exercises.

Benefits of physiotherapy

Physiotherapists with a special interest in ergonomics and occupational health are able to combine their knowledge of musculoskeletal biomechanics, ergonomics and the injury process to assess the worker and the workplace. They can then identify risk factors which may contribute to or exacerbate a medical condition and develop appropriate, effective treatment.

Early and effective physiotherapy treatment can help to keep the employee at work and minimise the personal and financial cost of time off work. Keeping the employee at work in an appropriate job enhances recovery, reduces the likelihood of disability following injury and maintains morale and productivity.

Finding a physiotherapist

Would you like the names of physiotherapists who have a special interest in Workplace Assessment and Management?  This falls under the categories of ergonomics and occupational health. Call us on (03) 9527 7532 or contact us here.

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