Do your workers get injured?
Do you have issues with work cover and efficiently getting employees back to work?
Why not consider an onsite physiotherapist to help prevent these issues and promptly treat injured workers to get them back to full working capacity as soon as possible.
I’m sure you perform constant maintenance on your equipment, you should also be looking after your most important assets, your workers.
- 90%of serious work cover claims in 2012-13 were caused by injury and musculoskeletal disorders
- Muscular stress while lifting or handling objects caused 33%of serious claims
- The median time lost from work for a serious claim was 4 working weeks in 2011–12
- The backwas the location on the body most often injured, accounting for 22% of all serious claims in 2012–13. Other common locations were the hand, fingers & thumb (13%), shoulder (10%) and knee (9%)
What are the benefit of early physiotherapy treatment?
- Employer benefits
- Less employee time off work
- Less reliance on work cover system, with a likely drop in work cover premiums.
- Early Intervention is Key to reduce Work Cover premiums. A General manager we work with is quoted as saying , “over a 5 year period their premiums have gone down from over $400,000, to around $250,000.”
(this includes, physiotherapy and medical early intervention as well as pre-employment testing)
- Employees feel cared for and important to your business.
- Employee benefits
- Faster recovery time
- Decrease stress and anxiety associated with injury and time off work.
- Get back to work earlier
- Gain an understanding of what is causing the issue
- Learn strategies to prevent re injury
- Improves health, social, financial, interpersonal and intrapersonal outcomes by promoting recovery and preventing long term disability and work loss.1
What will early Physiotherapy involve?
- Early treatment: no waiting for the work cover system for treatment to be approved.
- Full Assessment: to enable accurate diagnosis of injuries
- Treatment:To give early relief of pain
- Education: To help the injured worker understand what’s causing the issue and what is needed to be done to improve it.
- Return to work planning: structured exercise plans and return to work strategies including suggested modified tasks, lifting advice and timeframes to achieve these goals.
- Referrals:for further investigation and to other health professionals where required
- Discussion with stake holders: treatment and return to work discussion with return to work coordinators and employers*
* This would be subject to obtaining signed consent from the injured worker to allow discussion with key stakeholders due to medicolegal patient therapist confidentiality.
|Work Cover Stats2||Why Physio can help|
|90% of serious work cover claims in 2012-13 were caused by injury and musculoskeletal disorders||This is what we do every day, treat musculoskeletal injuries.|
|Muscular stress while lifting or handling objects caused 33% of serious claims||We have the knowledge to educate and retrain injured employees on safe manual handling techniques.|
|The median time lost from work for a serious claim was 5.4 working weeks in 2011–12||Our aim is to help you and the injured worker decrease this stat by getting them better and back to work as soon as possible.|
|The back was the location on the body most often injured, accounting for 22% of all serious claims in 2012–13. Other common locations were the hand, fingers & thumb (13%), shoulder (10%) and knee (9%)||As mentioned above these areas are what we treat and manage every day. It’s not just about making the injured worker feel better but helping them to understand so that it doesn’t happen again.|
|The majority of costs attributed to back pain are associated with a small number of back pain sufferers who develop chronic pain and disability.
|This is the main reason you should consider our proposal. Chronic Pain.
Pain is defined as chronic if it persists beyond 3 months (normal healing time)3.
Once pain becomes chronic treatment becomes much more difficult, therefore the sooner we can see an injured worker the more likely we can get them better and prevent them from developing chronic pain.
An understanding of the effect of pathology on an individual’s capacity to work, places physiotherapists in an important and unique position in injury management and vocational rehabilitation. This, combined with excellent clinical reasoning ability, refined observation and communication skills and expertise in physiology and biomechanics, enable physiotherapists to provide a broad range of high-level consulting services to the business community, in the areas of injury prevention and injury management.
WE CAN OFFER
- Onsite physio, half a day to 1 day per month (this can be adjusted to suit your requirements)
- Physio tasks;
- One on one sessions with injured workers’
- Worksite manual handling assessments
- Manual handling education
- Pre-employment testing
- Cost; TBC
- Days and times are negotiable to what suits your business. ‘
We feel this is a win-win for all involved.
Feel free to contact us to discuss further on 5597 7770 to discuss your occupational physio needs
The following references were sourced for stats and quotes:
- The Physiotherapists Role in Occupational Rehabilitation. https://www.physiotherapy.asn.au/DocumentsFolder/APAWCM/Advocacy/PositionStatement_2017_Thephysiotherapist%E2%80%99s_role_occ_rehabilitation.pdf
- Australian Workers’ Compensation Statistics, 2012-13. http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/about/Publications/Documents/897/australian-workers-compensation-statistics-2012-13.pdf
- What is Chronic Pain painmanagement.org.au/resources/about-pain/what-is-chronic-pain.html