Established in 2008, the Work Center at OAM offers our patients a chance to get back to their normal routines in a dignified and expedient manner. The Center's unique Work Conditioning program helps bridge the gap between completion of Physical Therapy and the return to work in physically demanding fields.
OAM's Work Center offers treatment options for virtually any upper and lower body injuries as well as spine-related orthopedic injuries. Most injuries treated by the Work Center are a result of work-related or auto-related injuries, with a small percentage being personal injuries. Patients in the OAM Work Conditioning program are treated by both an Occupational Therapist and an OT Assistant staff member. With a success rate of 75%, a majority of patients are able to work in their pre-injury positions without restrictions or limited work hours.
Work Conditioning Goals include increased:
- Muscular strength
- Muscular endurance
- Active range of motion
- Tolerance to work similar tasks
- Functional strength for tasks involving lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling
- Knowledge of correct posture and body mechanics while performing functional tasks
- Knowledge of symptom-control techniques and independent modalities
And assistance in coordinating return to work via communication with clients, employees, and rehab nurses and physicians.
Functional Performance Assessments
The Work Center also provides Functional Performance Assessments (FPAs). Generally, physicians order the one-time evaluation of a patient's functional capabilities to identify a patient's functional level. An FPA requires 2 to 4 hours of one-on-one patient and therapist interaction.
- Climbing stairs
- Five finger manipulation
If you are interested in learning more about what the Work Center can do for you, please call (616) 575-7687, we are located in the lower level of OAM's Leffingwell location.