The Industrial Rehabilitation/Work Conditioning Program at Catawba Valley
Medical Center addresses industrial needs from prevention and rehabilitation
to return to work. Our interdisciplinary approach addresses every work-injury
problem with an experienced team that includes a licensed physical therapist,
licensed occupational therapist, licensed physical therapy assistant,
nutritionist, and counselor.
The Center is equipped with the latest materials and tools for administering
initial injury management, Functional Capacity Evaluation, work conditioning,
job-site analysis and modification, work injury prevention education,
and pre-employment placement screening. For consultations or further information,
call the Center at 828.326.2131.
Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)
FCEs provide a comprehensive, objective measurement of physical limitations
and functional abilities as well as assess return-to-work capabilities.
After a client’s capabilities and limitations have been defined
in an FCE, the therapist communicates findings with the medical provider
to facilitate transition to the appropriate destination – whether
a return to the workplace, continued medical intervention, or participation
in work conditioning.
Work Conditioning enables clients to increase functional capabilities
and expedites a safe return to the workplace. After a client’s cababilities
and limitations have been defined, and individualized program is designed
to improve upon current functional capabilities. Back School is an integral
part of the program that serves to educate clients on general anatomy
of the spine and the use of proper body mechanic techniques. Participants
meet weekly with a dietitian, a psychologist for stress management, and
to attend Work Conditioning education programs.
Job Site/Task Analysis and Modification
Our team of professionals visits the client’s work site and consults
with employers to satisfy the needs of both the client and the employer.
Potential injury-producing jobs or conditions are identified, and recommendations
are made for modifications to reduce the incidence of job-related injuries
and cumulative trauma disorders. Job task analysis can also help physicians,
vocational consultants, and other professionals determine a job candidate’s
suitability for employment.
Pre-Employment and Placement Screening
Pre-employment and placement screenings are designed for the employer
to accurately assess the applicant’s physical capabilities to perform
the essential functions of the job in accordance with ADA and EEOC guidelines.
Referrals and Reimbursement
The Industrial Rehabilitation Program accepts referrals from physicians,
rehabilitation consultants, industrial and vocational counselors, and
attorneys. Referring professionals are provided with FCE results and other
pertinent information. The cost of outpatient treatment is covered by
most comprehensive insurance and worker’s compensation.