Physical & Occupational Therapy Business Services
Our team of physical and occupational therapists provides a wealth of combined experience in industrial injury management, job-related testing, and ergonomic evaluation.
In addition to treating work injuries at our four conveniently located Therapy Plus therapy clinics in the Cedar Rapids/Hiawatha/Marion area, our team works with a large number and variety of area businesses, providing these services:
We work with you to develop an evaluation protocol that reflects the critical physical demands of a job position. Our job task assessment (JTA) or Physical Capacity Profile (PCP) exam is done after the employee is seen by a St. Luke's Work Well physician for a pre-employment physical.
A job task assessment
is an evaluation of a prospective employee's ability to perform critical physical job elements such as lifting, carrying or heavy torqueing. Our occupational therapist works with each company to develop a job-specific testing protocol.
The other evaluation available at St. Luke's is the Physical Capacities Profile, an evaluation that measures a wide variety of muscle strengths. This determines a prospective employee's capacity for work. The company can then determine if such performance meets the exertional requirement of the job position being offered. A comprehensive job description makes it easy to determine what that strength requirement should be. Our occupational therapist may work with each company to correctly determine what exertional level rating should be assigned to a job.
For prospective employees who can't meet the physical job demands, we identify their safe capabilities. This allows the company to work with an individual's limitations whenever feasible. For information on setting up either of these pre-employment post-offer evaluations, contact Stacey Bowden, Work Well Client Representative at 369-8154.
On-site Ergonomic Evaluation
The goals of ergonomics are to decrease the risk of work-related injury, reduce discomfort and fatigue, and improve efficiency and safety.
We can identify significant ergonomic changes needed in your office or production areas. All ergonomic evaluations, whether walk-through or in-depth, include written recommendations for ways to reduce work-related stresses that contribute to or aggravate work-related injuries. Custom ergonomic programs are available for companies that are interested.
Educational programs - topics include: proper body mechanics and prevention of low back pain, general ergonomics, office ergonomics for the computer workstation, prevention of cumulative trauma disorders and onsite exercise and stretching programs.
St. Luke's Therapy Plus has four convenient locations in the Cedar Rapids area:
- 830 First Avenue NE (2nd floor of Work Well Clinic building)
- 3245 Williams Parkway SW (inside Williams Plaza)
- 2996 7th Avenue (Marion Campus)
- 1001 N. Center Point Rd. (Hiawatha Campus)
For more information call (319) 369-8107.