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Return-to-Work Management for Workers With Mild Traumatic Head Injury

presented by Lauren Koth, PT, DPT

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Financial: Lauren Koth receives compensation from MedBridge for this course.

Noninancial: Lauren Koth has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 21 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 47 Minutes

This course will address the concepts used for return-to-work planning for workers presenting with concussion-related symptoms following a mild traumatic head injury. Return-to-work planning should involve the clinical team as you work together to address the patient's capabilities and compare their functional level with their job demands. Communication should also include the employer and case adjustor to allow for a smooth transition back to work. Return-to-work strategies should address the physical, cognitive, and environmental aspects of the worker's job. This course will help therapists understand the levels of activity participation and functional progress that will lead to a safe return to work. We will also focus on addressing patient concerns and providing education to allow them to progress through their recovery and promote an optimal return-to-work outcome.

Meet Your Instructor

Lauren Koth, PT, DPT

Dr. Lauren Koth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She has been practicing in the outpatient neurological and orthopedic settings since graduating. She has taken several continuing educational courses in orthopedics and in vestibular and postconcussion syndrome. Dr. Koth obtained her concussion specialist certification in 2019. She…

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1. Return-to-Work Guidelines

This chapter will review concussion in the workers’ compensation population and review appropriate clinical management. Return-to-work planning should include collaboration with clinicians to address any medical and nonmedical barriers. Return-to-work considerations should include the physical, cognitive, and environmental demands of the job.

2. Review of RTW Stages

In this chapter, we will review the return-to-work stages and address participation and activity goals for each. Progression should be individualized for each patient, and clinicians should identify specific treatment and work modifications for each worker’s job demands. Clear communication with medical clinicians will address patient progress through the stages of recovery, with an ultimate goal of discharge to full duty.

3. Patient Education and Outcomes

This chapter will address patient education and strategies that can be implemented to address effects of concussion on memory and concentration. Primary patient concerns will be addressed to allow for a smooth transition back to prior level of function. Finally, we will review current research on outcomes, explaining the benefits of returning this population to work and predictors of favorable recovery.

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