Physical Therapy for Injured Workers
We specialize in getting injured workers back to work.
Workplace injuries happen. Despite the best safety measures and precautions, that’s just the nature of physically demanding jobs. While prevention is the best medicine, accidents come with the territory and when workers are injured, priority number one becomes getting them back to health.
For nearly 4 decades we’ve made it our mission to do just that, with programs designed to not only get workers back to the workplace, but to do so in a way that improves functionality and strength. In addition, our programs serve as an important preventative measure against future injury.
Among the best tools to accomplish this is physical therapy (PT). Physical therapy is often prescribed for patients to treat problems like soft tissue trauma, nerve inflammation/injury, muscle spasms, fractures, arthritis and other issues.
Our professionally trained physical therapists aim to help improve patients’ ability to move, reduce pain, restore function and prevent the patient from becoming disabled.
Since 1983, we have helped workers get back on the job.
We Work Together
Following a comprehensive physical therapy evaluation, we work directly with the patient and physician to develop a personalized return-to-work physical therapy program to meet their individual needs. We do this by incorporating work conditioning that is targeted at restoring functionality for a particular job and integrating specific exercises that simulate work demands.
Communication is a cornerstone of what we do and the very basis of the strong relationships we build. Our MDs communicate directly with the attending physician and our vocational counselors call the VOC firms and attorney groups representing the patient. We also invite stakeholders to our weekly patient reviews and strive to get reports to the physician within 3 days.
Given that we live in an ever-changing world, we’ve embraced the latest communications technology to offer top-tier telehealth services. Professional assistance is now easily accessible to patients, regardless of their distance from our physical therapy clinics.
Experienced Physical Therapists
At Pacific Rehabilitation Centers, our skilled physical therapists – many of whom have worked in the field for 15-20 years – use evidence-based, interdisciplinary treatment methods to:
* Reduce pain
* Increase flexibility
* Improve range of motion & function
* Build strength
* Correct posture
3 Locations in Puget Sound
Pacific Rehabilitation Centers has three convenient locations in the Puget Sound:
* Puyallup Behavioral Health Clinic
Is PT for Me?
If you are an injured worker that has been referred to us for PT, you may have some questions. We have some answers.
What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy (PT) is care that aims to ease and relieve pain, improve function, move more effortlessly and, ultimately, allows the patient to live a better life. It’s often used to recover from a work injury and prevent further injury down the road.
At Pacific Rehabilitation Centers, our team of specialty doctors, PT/OT therapists, vocational counselors and psychologists deliver programs designed to:
- Educate the patient about chronic pain
- Provide physical therapy and occupational therapy (OT) to strengthen and condition the patient’s body
- Help the patient overcome barriers that are preventing them from returning to work
- Provide support throughout the physical therapy process
Sessions are typically 45 min to 1 hour in length and the frequency of visits varies, depending largely on what the patient’s doctor and therapist recommend, as well as what has been authorized by workers’ compensation.
How long does the program last?
The length of any individual PT/OT plan will differ depending on the injury as well as the recommended program. In all cases though, our report will go to the stakeholders on the patient’s claim. Once it has been received by the claims manager, we will move forward to request authorization for the specified program.
The process of obtaining authorizations can also vary per program. The patient is encouraged to follow up with our intake staff with questions about the status of an authorization.
Once authorization is received, we’ll contact the patient to set up a start date and get them on the road back to health.
What happens after program completion?
After completion of the physical therapy program, the patient is discharged and a Discharge Report summarizing progress – including recommendations – will be sent to the patient’s Attending Physician, Nurse Case Manager or whoever originally referred the patient to us for physical therapy.
There are a few possibilities after completion of the program:
- Referral to a Structured Intensive, Multidisciplinary Program (SIMP)
- Referral to Work Conditioning
- Referral to continue with a home exercise program that the patient and physical therapist have created
- Return to work!
How It Works
Physical therapy for muscular skeletal issues does not require authorization and recommendations for continued treatment are coordinated with the patient’s care team.
Following a detailed physical therapy evaluation, the physical therapist will work with the patient to develop a specific program to meet their individual needs.
Pacific Rehabilitation Centers’ physical therapists strive to reduce pain, increase flexibility, range of motion and function, build strength and correct posture.
5. Return to Work
Upon successful re-evaluation, the patient will be provided with detailed instructions to transition to a home exercise program. Regular communication with the referring physician is an important part of Physical Therapy at PRC.
ARE YOU A REFERRING PHYSICIAN?
Submit your referral to us through our HIPAA compliant online form.
It’s quick, easy, efficient.