Industrial Rehab

Teays Physical Therapy Center offers a wide range of specialized programs designed to meet the needs of both recovering workers and their employers.  Work injury prevention services include on-site educational seminars and assisting employers with pre-work screening tools.  These tools are developed by working with the specific functions of a job, thus ensuring that potential employees can safely handle the required physical demands of a given job.

Early referral for immediate active post-injury care allows the recovering worker to be educated regarding the healing and recovery process, provides recovering workers with the appropriate expectations and encourages the desired amount of activity at the proper time during healing.  This approach minimizes the frustration, fear, anxiety and depression that can occur following an injury.

Early care may consist of:

  • Passive modalities (cold/heat therapy, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, massage, spinal traction, etc.) for the management of pain and inflammation.
  • Therapeutic exercise to restore mobility.
  • Manual therapy techniques for normal joint motion.
  • Gradual advanced exercises and functional training to restore normal movement patterns, strength, endurance and tolerance to daily activities that allow for a return to work.

FUNCTIONAL CAPACITY EVALUATIONS (FCE)

Consists of tests including medical/injury history, musculoskeletal assessment and functional testing.  Functional tests may include lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling (material handling), as well as tests for bending, reaching climbing, crawling, kneeling, squatting, balancing, sitting, standing and walking (non-material handling). The results of an FCE allow the injured worker's functional abilities to be classified using standardized terminology.  Physicians, vocational rehabilitation consultants, claims managers, nurse case managers and other rehabilitation professionals may use the results to assist the worker in safely returning to gainful employment.

WORK CONDITIONING

A program reserved for recovering workers who have progressed through the early course of physical therapy care and are ready for more intense training.  In West Virginia, work conditioning may be prescribed 5 days per week, 2-4 hours daily.

TPTC's Work Conditioning Program consists of

  • Education and training in proper posture and body mechanics.
  • Muscle/joint flexibility exercises.
  • Strengthening exercises.
  • Cardiovascular training.
  • Material handling training.
  • Non-material handling training.

Work conditioning is offered at our Teays Valley facility.

WORK HARDENING

A program reserved for recovering workers who:

  • Have completed a previous work conditioning program.
  • Have a specific job to return to, or are in a formal rehabilitation plan with a vocational rehabilitation consultant.
  • Are not ready to return to work.

In West Virginia, Work Hardening is a daily program that lasts a minimum of 4 hours daily, up to a maximum of 8 hours daily.  Increased emphasis is placed on real or simulated work activities designed to restore physical, behavioral and vocational functions.  Work Hardening is offered at our Teays Valley location.

TPTC's Teays Valley facility in Hurricane offers a large, well-equipped facility to provide workers a safe and varied environment in which to recover.  Our 10,000 square foot patient treatment & office area contains a large gym with an extensive array of exercise equipment, a conference room for educational sessions, and individualized treatment rooms.  In addition, the sports complex is a spacious 18,000 + square foot area designed for our industrial rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement programs.