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Work Injury Management

Ergonomics

Altru's Work Injury Management Therapists partner with you to promote productivity and satisfaction in the work place through the avoidance of injury. The assessments and analyses provided by our staff will include recommendations for both employers and employees on how they can decrease risk of injury.

Specifically, we can provide the following formal assessments:

  • Work-site assessment: Identifies possible risks in the setting by evaluation of an individual's work station, job design and the way employees perform work tasks.
  • Job analysis: Identifies the physical demands of a job by evaluating tasks such as lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling and body positions.

For more information on how Altru Health System can assist you, call 1-800-732-4277, ext. 1546 or (701) 780-1546.

Prosthetic and Orthotic Services

Certified professional staff are available to design and favricate customized artificial limbs, braces, and adaptive devices on an individual basis.  Our staff can also meet all of your off-the-shelf bracing needs.

  • Prosthetic (Artificial Limbs)
    • Lower extremity
    • Upper extremity
    • Microprocessor controlled
    • Myoelectrics
  • Orthotics (Bracing)
    • Upper/lower extremity
    • Back bracing
    • Knee braces
    • Ankle braces
    • Foot management
    • Orthopedic shoes
    • Compression therapy
    • Neck braces
    • Pediatric braces

For more information on how Altru Health System can assist you, call 1-800-732-4277, ext. 1546 or (701) 780-1546.

Specialized Testing

Specialized testing is utilized to assist the injured worker in development of appropriate vocational goals for the best possible outcomes in return to work.

  • FCE (Functional Capacities Evaluation): A FCE is a standardized two-day test of work activities.  Abilities regarding lifting, pushing, pulling and 17 other activities are identified in terms of frequency/percentage of a work day.  It  assists in development of appropriate vocational goals, recommendations regarding job/task modification and if a written job description is provided, our therapists can draw correlation between an injured worker's physical abilities and the job demands.
  • WTS (Work Tolerance Screen): A WTS is a 2 - 3 hour evaluation in which specific job tasks are simulated and tested in a controlled setting.  It assists in development of appropriate vocational goals and is useful in determining if a client can return to an existing job or perform the work demands of a new job that is being considered.
  • Workability Assessment: A workability assessment is a brief evaluation of an acute injured worker in which specific job tasks are simulated and tested in a controlled setting.  This information is provided to the physician and employer to assist with identifying current lifting and postural abilities to return the injured worker to full duties as quickly as possible.  

For more information on how Altru Health System can assist you, call 1-800-732-4277, ext. 1546 or (701) 780-1546.

Customized Return To Work Programs

Because injuries affect different people in different ways, effective work injury rehabilitation must be tailored to meet an employee's specific needs and goals for returning to the job.  Altru's Work Injury Management Team consists of Physicians, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Speech Therapists, and Nurse Case Managers who assist the attending physicians in coordinating care for the injured worker. Our goal is to achieve the best possible outcomes in return to work.   

Components of the customized Return to Work Program include:

  • Physical Therapy: Altru's Work Team includes Physical Therapist that specialize in providing care to the injured worker through the acute, subacute, and chronic phases of injury.
  • Occupational Therapy: The Clinical Occupational Therapy staff provide work hardening and work conditioning programs.  The focus is to restore physical capabilities including strength, endurance, movement, and flexibility of an injured worker.  The individualized program simulates activities that the worker would ordinarily perform on the job while incorporating pain management techniques, strengthening and flexibility exercises.
  • Hand Therapy: The Hand Therapy Center's role in the Work Team is to provide efficient, comprehensive treatment of work-related injuries.  Treatment is provided to any hand/upper extremity injury.  Services provided include custom and over-the-counter splinting, wound management, and care of fractures, tendonitis, as well as sprains and strains.
  • Psychological Evaluation/Counseling/Biofeedback: Injury, pain, chronic disease and/or disability does not only affect an individual physically, they also impact on emotional well-being.  Learning to adjust and cope with changes in lifestyle, employment opportunities, interpersonal relationships and pain levels will enhance both physical and emotional well-being. Psychology will work with the injured worker in the areas of stress and pain management, adjustment counseling, coping strategies and relaxation training.  Our goal is to provide the injured worker with the tools to help them move on with their life in a positive manner.

For more information on how Altru Health System can assist you, call 1-800-732-4277, ext. 1546 or (701) 780-1546.