Services & Programs
Industrial Rehabilitation Services
» Custom tailored work programs for employees
» Comprehensive assessments
» Cost-effective path to getting employees back to work
Industrial Rehabilitation Services are a comprehensive branch of clinical medicine most active in the field of Occupational Health. Its principal role is the provision of health information and advice to organizations and individuals to ensure that the highest standards of health and safety at work can be achieved and maintained.
Indigo’s Industrial Rehabilitation Services programs focus on the promotion and maintenance to the highest degree of physical, mental and social well-being of workers in all occupations. We deliver a results oriented program designed to return employees to their jobs as quickly and safely as possible.
Programs offered in our Industrial Rehabilitation Services include:
- Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs)
- Physical Reconditioning Programs (PRPs)
- Work Conditioning/Hardening Programs
- Ergonomic/Job Site Assessment
- Post Offer Employee Testing (POET)
Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs):
A functional capacity evaluation (FCE) by definition is “a systematic method of measuring an individual’s ability to perform meaningful tasks on a safe and dependable basis.” The purpose of the FCE is to collect information about the functional limitations of a person with medical impairments. It is a valuable tool to assess a patient’s recovery, determine treatment goals and assist in returning an injured worker back to gainful employment. It provides objectivity to subjective reports and combines assessments to assess behavior as related to function.
Physical Reconditioning Programs (PRPs):
Most of Indigo’s Work Programs begin with our Physical Reconditioning Program (PRP). This program is a systematic series of gradually progressive, work related activities performed with proper body mechanics to physically and psychologically recondition the employee in order to facilitate return to full employment. This program’s focus is on improving the person’s musculo-skeletal and cardiovascular systems to prepare for return to work. An employee can qualify for this program if within 30-180 days post accident or injury, they have a position to return to, and they are motivated to return to their job. Employees in this program often have experienced an extended period of time away from work due to chronic pain or loss of function, generally from an injury on the job.
Physical Reconditioning Programs generally range from 3-5 days per week for 2-6 hours per treatment depending on the severity of the injury, the time lapsed since the injury onset, and the physical demand requirements of the job. The ultimate goal is to help the employee build up enough flexibility, strength and endurance to tolerate a full work schedule with an emphasis on simulating job tasks, and establishing a routine “work day” with regular “work” hours.
Work Conditioning Programs:
Work Conditioning Programs are appropriate for employees that are at 180 days post accident or injury and still have not returned to work. In order to qualify for these programs the employee must have a job to return to and must be motivated to do so. These programs, much like Physical Reconditioning Programs, are a series of systematic, gradually progressive, work-related activities performed with proper body mechanics to physically and psychologically recondition the employee in order to facilitate a return to full employment.
Work Conditioning Programs generally range from 3-5 days per week for 2-8 hours per treatment depending on the severity of the injury; the time lapsed since the injury onset, and the physical demand requirements of the job. The ultimate goal is to help employees build up enough flexibility, strength and endurance to tolerate a full work schedule with an emphasis on simulating job tasks, and establishing a routine “work day” with regular “work” hours.
Work Hardening Programs:
A Work Hardening Program is a specialized program designed to help an employee to be able to return to an active and productive work, lifestyle environment. The program targets, enables, and engages people with physical, psychological, and psychosocial issues that may be inhibiting their ability to successfully return to work. To qualify for Work Hardening the employee has been out of the work pool for a period of time and has no job to return to. They will often need psychological, psychosocial, and vocational interaction and intervention.
Ergonomic/Job Site Assessment:
Indigo offers on-site ergonomic assessments designed to determine and assess the fit between the employee and their work site or space. These assessments can be basic desk/cubical assessments or full job site description assessments. All are done onsite at the employees work location with the employee usually present. The time involved to perform the assessments can be in as little as 20 minutes making it a cost effective service benefit for the employer.
The assessment will consider a variety of areas including items such as the employee’s size, strength, abilities or deficits, the tools they utilize, and their work environment. Indigo will offer feasible solutions and suggestions are made in both a written and verbal format with many suggestions implemented at the time of the assessment. These all help to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and safety of the employee. Research continues to show that Ergonomic Assessments help to reduce work injuries and thereby cost while they improve employee morale by sending a message that the employer cares about them.
Post Offer Employee Testing (POETs):
Indigo offers Post Offer of Employee Testing Services as part of our Industrial Rehabilitation Program. Post offer testing is performed after a job offer and is designed to determine if the employee can physically perform the critical job demands prior to starting in the actual position. Indigo develops post offer testing individually, designed for each job description/position or if you require a national service we work with the WorkSTEPS® Program to develop the test and utilize their extended national network of providers.
All of our Employment Tests are based upon scientific data and comply with EEOC Guidelines for application of the ADA. Some components of our testing include: Musculoskeletal evaluations, cardiovascular status, static and dynamic strength evaluations, risk profiling, and job specific components. Our employment tests are not only used for determining an employee’s ability to perform his/her job safely but also used as baselines for rehabilitation and recovery should an injury occur. These tests can also identify potential ergonomic risks that could lead to future injuries and provides information to allow the employer to place the potential employee in the physically appropriate job thereby minimizing the potential risk for injury.
In addition to reducing new injuries and their related costs, employers who utilize Indigo employment testing experience reductions in lost time, increased worker productivity, decreased turnover, and diminished incidences of fraud and abuse. It is estimated that for every $1 spent on a post offer test an employer realizes a $22 savings in workers’ compensation costs. Thereby making post offer testing a cost effective tool for the employer.
General Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy
Our basic physical therapy and recovery program focuses on not only healing the injury or condition, but on prevention of future injuries.
Worker's Comp Rehabilitation
We return patients to work as soon as possible, reduce the frequency and severity of injuries and reduce employer's costs and lost time.
Sports Injury Rehabilitation
Our Sports Medicine program is designed to rehabilitate, recondition and return athletes to their pre-injury level of activity.
Rehabilitation for Seniors
Our Medicare-friendly program for senior patients is perfect for recovery from physical injuries or impairments and post-surgery rehabilitation.
Auto Injury Rehabilitation
Our auto injury rehabilitation program will assist you in returning you to your normal, daily, living activities as soon as possible.