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How Industrial Rehabilitation Helps You Get Back to Work


Thursday, April 20th, 2017

You’ve probably heard of physical therapy and occupational therapy, but what does industrial rehabilitation help with and how does it differ from other well-known forms of rehabilitation?

Industrial rehabilitation helps employees complete his or her job safely. This involves assessments, therapy, and workplace adjustments.

Industrial therapy includes the expertise of physical and occupational therapists. It is also often recommended for people injured at work or who experienced an accident or illness that affects their ability to work.

You may seek it out on your own, or your employer may offer this service.

Find out more about industrial rehabilitation. Visit the website for UPMC Centers for Rehabilitation Services. 

Industrial Rehabilitation Assessments for Individuals

After an accident or major illness, you may need to figure out what work tasks you’re able to complete either to return to work or to find a new job.

You may have a functional capacity evaluation (FCE). This is performed by an occupational therapist and determines how well you can perform work functions. The evaluation reviews your medical history and simulates common work activities, such as crawling through small spaces, climbing ladders, or lifting a certain amount of weight.

Some employees may also benefit from an ergonomic evaluation. This looks at your workstation, equipment, and the tools you use each day. You may get recommendations for assistive devices, specific desk chairs, or other workstation adjustments that improve posture and safety.

Assessments and Services for Employers

Industrial rehabilitation therapists perform pre-employment physical ability tests to make sure your candidates can meet the physical requirements of a job.

These specialists also evaluate employees returning to work after an injury or illness. They will determine whether the employee can perform the job functions, offer guidance on modifications that will allow the employee to return to work safely, and providing job-site shadowing and coaching.

Work safety training programs are also available for businesses looking for group or individual instruction in safely handling materials or proper posture and techniques to perform work-related activities.

Center for Rehab Services

Centers for Rehab Services

Since 1986, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services (CRS) has provided one of the largest networks of community-based, comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation services in western Pennsylvania. With more than 70 locations, CRS is a leading provider of physical, occupational, and speech therapy services, offering some of the latest treatments and specialized programs to ensure that each patient receives the highest quality care possible. Read More