Employer Services include injuries to the musculoskeletal system occurring in the workplace, due to the environment, caused by repetitive motions such as bending, crawling, twisting, lifting, pushing, and pulling. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in 2016 the private workplace industry there were approximately 2.9 million nonfatal injuries, 30% of these were classified as sprains, strains, and tears resulting from overexertion injuries. There is benefit in having physical therapists play an expanded role in occupational health, by being a part of a multidisciplinary team and utilizing their unique clinical skill set to promote cost savings in the way of worksite injury prevention programs, education, ergonomics, on-site treatment, and return to work programs.
Prevention services can be offered including:
ergonomic assessments, pre-employment post-offer testing, exercise programs, health monitoring, education programs, workstation evaluations, and case management.