workplace solutions.

WorkPlace Solutions, a complete program for safety and workers compensation needs!

Serving every phase of therapy care for employers and case managers.

HIRING

Post Offer Employment Test (POET)

An assessment that is performed after an employee has been given a contingent job offer. The assessment focuses on determining whether an individual is physically capable of performing his/her specific job and minimize the risk of injury.

SAFETY

Injury Prevention

Our programs educate employees and management to recognize musculoskeletal risks and how to address/eliminate those risk factors, including education programs designed specifically for an employer’s individual needs (ie. Stretch program, ergonomics, proper lifting).

Ergonomic Assessment

Objective study of how an employee works and their work environment. An ergonomic assessment helps to identify the ergonomic risks such as repetitive tasks that can cause strains, improper work area setup, and improper use of tools, which can result in the development of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

Early Symptom Intervention (ESI)

A program designed to help improve the employee’s health by focusing on early detection and alleviating the first signs of musculoskeletal discomforts. Based on OSHA guidelines, the ESI program uses ice, heat, massage, non-rigid support, and education to address conditions, including but not limited to sprains and strains, muscle tightness, soreness and fatigue. ESI can be provided at one of our clinics or on-site with an employer.

INJURY

Functional Return to Work Program

Clinic based physical and occupational therapy. We provide one-on-one care where the program is designed for each individual injured worker. The program is based on physical demands and the essential functions of the injured worker’s job.

RECOVERY

Work Conditioning

An intensive, work-related, goal-oriented conditioning program designed specifically to restore systemic neuro-musculoskeletal functions, muscle performance, motor function, range of motion, and cardiovascular/pulmonary functions.

Work Hardening

A highly structured, goal-oriented, individualized intervention program designed to return the patient/client to work.

Functional Capacity Evaluation

An objective and comprehensive assessment of an individual’s physical and functional abilities, typically related to their ability to participate in their employment.

Why is ergonomics important?

Ergonomics is the process of fitting a workplace to the needs of the worker, rather than the other way around. The goal of ergonomics is to increase efficiency and productivity by reducing workers’ physical discomfort. This could involve aspects of your workday that may seem relatively minor, like eye strain, desk height, and wrist angle while typing.

Many jobs require their workers to lead sedentary lifestyles from 9-5, and that’s not ideal for your health. Ergonomics is concerned with introducing movement to your workday, striking a balance between sitting and standing, and getting the blood flowing.

Whether you’re an individual or represent an organization or corporation, learn how Professional can help!

Most workplace injuries are not due to slips, falls or accidents. The most common workplace injuries are strains and sprains which occur through overuse of certain muscles.

For individuals comprehensive programs are designed to help, or prevent, an injury as well as assist with your return to work after an injury.

For corporations, Professional’s workplace solutions may be able to help you reduce workers’ compensation premiums and claims. Learn about our work station assessments, functional capacity evaluations and reconditioning/work hardening programs.

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workers' compensation claims or patients.

If you’re seeking out physical therapy under the guidance of your workplace, Professional is here to help. Our clinical team takes a comprehensive approach to treating your workers compensation claim.

Our programs are individualized and comprehensive, and can be designed to:

  •     Help you with a current injury
  •     Aid with your return to the workplace after an Injury
  •     Prevent future damage

Work Conditioning/Work Hardening Program

Sometimes completing rehabilitation after an injury just isn’t enough.  Before your employees return to work, you should be able to gauge their ability to function in a workplace setting at the same capacity as before the injury.

Professional’s Re-conditioning/Work Hardening Program is custom-designed based on OSHA job protocols and/or company-specific job descriptions, preparing your employees to perform their job duties more efficiently.

Programs may include, but are not limited to:

  • Mimic of daily job duties (2-3 hours of continuous work duties)
  • Learning proper mechanics for job function (e.g., sitting or lifting postures)
  • Basic strength and cardiovascular training

These components, performed under the care of one of our certified allied healthcare professionals, will help the de-conditioned employee acclimate to work quicker, while learning how to prevent further injury.

Functional Capacity Evaluation

At Professional, we are able to offer a full complement of tests to assess each injured person’s ability to Return to Work.

These tests include:

  • Musculoskeletal Screening
  • Cardiovascular Endurance
  • Static Strength Positions
  • Carry and Lift Test (if applicable)
  • PILE Test (Progressive Isoinertial Lifting Evaluation)
  • Organic and Non-organic Pain Questionnaires

employers.

If you’re interested in improving workplace productivity while increasing worker safety and reducing your company’s Worker’s Compensation premiums and claims, Professional’s Workplace Solutions may be the answer for you.

More and more, companies are going to great lengths to improve the ergonomics of their offices. This includes adding standing desks, so workers don’t have to sit all day, swapping out traditional chairs for exercise balls, so people can engage their core while they work, adding mouse pads with wrist rests to prevent wrist strain, and much more.

With approximately $1 out of every $3 in workers’ compensation costs attributed to Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs), paying attention to good ergonomics can potentially save your company a lot of money. Employees notice when their company is investing in their health and safety, and a thoughtful approach to ergonomics demonstrates your company’s commitment to safety and health as a core value.

Whether you’re an individual looking to minimize your discomfort at work, or a company looking to improve the ergonomics of your workspace, we’ve got you covered.

Overuse injuries (i.e., Musculoskeletal Disorders) can occur when your body is stressed by:

  •     An awkward posture
  •     Uncomfortable work environment (e.g., temperature, lighting, or workstation set-up)
  •     Repetition of movement

When your musculoskeletal system is affected by these movements or conditions, you may begin to develop symptoms such as pain, fatigue, and discomfort.

As a participant in Professional’s ergonomic assessment, you will be evaluated and guided by one of our certified allied health professionals, who will prepare you to effectively and efficiently perform your daily tasks and job functions in a safe and healthy manner.

Ergonomic Work Station Assessment

Our highly trained and certified allied healthcare professionals can offer your employees an Ergonomic Work Station Assessment that will not only reduce workplace injuries, but increase employee productivity as well.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Customized Workstation Analysis
  • Modifications to Work Habits, reducing aches & pains
  • Improved Work Posture
  • Self-stretching Programs

Early Symptom Intervention (ESI)

Early Symptom Intervention, ESI, is a program designed to help improve the employee’s health by focusing on alleviating the first signs of musculoskeletal discomforts. Based on OSHA guidelines, the ESI program uses ice, heat, massage, non-rigid support, and education to address conditions, including but not limited to sprains and strains, muscle tightness, soreness and fatigue.

  • First aid refers to medical attention that is usually administered immediately after the injury occurs and at the location where it occurred
  • There are 500,000 work-related strains per year. According to Hoyle, strains (MSD injuries), account for some of the most common and largest amount of injuries
  • OSHA first-aid regulations under OSHA 1904.7(b)(5)(ii) can be used to prevent injuries and reduce the amount of recordable injuries

BENEFITS OF ESI

  • First aid level care that is non-recordable
  • Improving the worker’s health and comfort
  • Opportunity for early identification of overuse injuries
  • Reduce lost productivity
  • Prevent injuries from happening

Learn more about the benefits of Professional’s Ergonomic and Workplace Solutions Programs

Contact Colleen Medlin at cmedlin@professionalpt.com

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Colleen Medlin

PT, DPT, CEAS | Director of Workers' Compensation Clinical Services

Colleen Medlin, PT, DPT, CEAS received her Bachelor of Health Science, Master’s in Physical Therapy, and Doctorate in Physical
Therapy degrees from Misericordia University. She had multiple experiences as a successful Facility Director prior to assuming a Multi-Site Director role in Maryland while with Physiotherapy Associates.

During Colleen’s clinical and operations career trajectory, she became certified to perform Functional Capacity Evaluations, a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist, and honed her academic focus on workers’ compensation and work rehabilitation. As Colleen performed these services and built relationships with referrals sources and payors, she became recognized as a leader in this field and transitioned to a role of Regional Workers’ Compensation Clinical Specialist with Physiotherapy Associates. Based on multiple requests for her expertise, Colleen also founded CAM Peer Review, LLC to perform utilization review of Physical Therapy treatment, medical necessity, and billing.

Colleen assumed the role of Regional Director of Work Strategies after Physiotherapy Associates was acquired by Select Medical and increased her focus on payor relations, including managing the relationships with the various networks in the industry.

She was then hired by Phoenix Rehabilitation as Director of Clinical Operations for Workplace Health and Workers’ Compensation. This expanded her knowledge into occupational medicine and expanding her focus on working with employers and reducing OSHA recordables.

Colleen now works as the Director of Workers’ Compensation Clinical Services for Professional PT. Her focus is on providing a
comprehensive workers’ compensation program clinically, to meet the needs of the employer, physician, case manager, and insurance company. She also works with employers to help evaluate and manage their injuries and safety in the work place.

We will work in an effective way to get you back on your feet, focused on your wellness during and after therapy.