Workplace Disabilities

Return to Work

Successful return to work depends upon a match between the demands of the job and the worker’s skills. When the two don’t match, therapy may be needed to treat impairments, workplace modifications may be needed to address risk factors and accommodations may be needed to enable optimal function despite functional limitations. And sometimes the worker needs to consider alternate vocational options and maybe even retraining.

Physical Demands Analyses

Each job has a unique set of physical and cognitive demands. Based on worker and supervisor interviews, observation of another worker in the position and a review of the job description, our therapist determines the specific demands of the job. To obtain objective measures of the job demands, the demands are matched to the National Occupational Classification (NOC) and/or the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT).

Functional Abilities Evaluation (FAE)

The assessment of an individual’s physical abilities is the next step in guiding the need for work conditioning and the timing of return to work. Computerized assessment tools provide accurate determinations of the worker’s functional abilities and his/her ability to safely meet the demands of the job. The results guide rehabilitation and the work conditioning / work hardening program for optimal results.

Workplace Accommodation

When there is a mismatch between the job demands and the worker’s abilities, a number of steps can be taken. The worker can receive therapy to optimize his/her abilities. The job site and/or the job demands can be modified. With skill and knowledge relating to ergonomics, physical and cognitive impairments, as well as workplace legislation, our therapists facilitate worker success through accommodation.

Vocational Assessments/Transferable Skills Analyses/ Market Surveys

Sometimes, despite focused therapy and job accommodations, a person cannot return to the work they once did. That’s when a vocational assessment can identify transferable skills that can be applied to other jobs.

A labour market survey then identifies the availability of the alternative jobs in the worker’s community and the compensation for those jobs.

Independent Evaluations

Thorough and clear reports promote efficient case resolution. We provide objective and reliable opinions regarding the client’s physical, psychological and functional status:

  • Medical (e.g. orthopaedic, neurological, physiatry, psychiatry, ENT, cardiac, etc.)
  • Psychological/Cognitive
  • Occupational Therapy/Chiropractic/Physiotherapy
  • Functional Abilities Evaluations (FAE)/In-Home Functional Evaluations

Independent File Reviews

We provide a thorough review of case files and provide an independent opinion regarding assessment and treatment reports to promote efficient case resolution.