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Overview of Outpatient Therapy Options for Treating the Injured Worker

presented by Michael Gerg, DOT, OTR/L, CHT, CEES, CWCE

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Occupational and physical therapy professionals that work in outpatient settings treat many patients that are still of working age, yet many feel uncomfortable in addressing the components of the patient's job, even in instances where the payment source is Workers' Compensation. This course will discuss the various options available to the therapist when attempting to ensure if their client can return to work or assist the physician in determining what limitations the patient may have during the treatment continuum.

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Michael Gerg, DOT, OTR/L, CHT, CEES, CWCE

Dr. Michael J. Gerg, DOT, OTR/L, CHT, CEES, CWCE is the Program Director of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Harcum College. He is a Board Certified Hand Therapist, Work Capacity Evaluator, and Ergonomics Evaluation Specialist and a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University School of Liberal Arts and the Temple University School of Allied…

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1. The History of Therapeutic Intervention with the Injured Worker and Current Treatment Trends

This chapter discusses occupational and physical therapy’s history of intervention with the injured worker. Current trends in worker rehabilitation and public policy will be discussed.

2. What Can Disrupt a Person’s Ability to Work?

This chapter holistically explores what factors can disrupt a person’s ability to work. Physical, psychosocial, and sociocultural causes can all be factors that limit a person’s ability to work after an injury or an illness.

3. The Various Types of Available Interventions

This chapter informs the attendee of all of the possible interventions that an outpatient therapy practitioner can offer. The differences between work hardening and work conditioning will be explored as well as job task analysis, functional capacity evaluation, and ergonomics.

4. If You Build It, What Materials Would You Need to Perform Various Interventions?

This chapter discusses the equipment requirements needed to perform the various interventions discussed in Chapter 3. The instructor details what a practitioner should consider having in their repertoire of available assessments and equipment. Space requirements for different programs are also discussed.

5. Beyond the Clinic: Proactive Workplace Interventions to Prevent Future Injuries

This final chapter addresses how the therapy professional can approach employers that may be interested in looking at preventing common workplace injuries. A population level approach to prevention intervention will be discussed. Lastly, the course will conclude with an overview of performing ergonomic interventions, developing pre/post-work screenings, developing stretching programs, and creating job rotation schedules.

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