Exercise Physiology Treatment
Evidence indicates that an early return to activity is the best treatment for soft tissue injuries.
Prescribe WorkCover Accredited Exercise Physiologists specialise in work related injuries and motor vehicle accidents. We provide individual, structured and functional exercise prescription to enhance recovery and capacity for return to work. We aim to take the treatment to the workplace where possible, standing behind the recover at work principle.
Our programs are designed to improve the injured workers function for work tasks and assist the nominated treating doctor when upgrading duties. We take the time to understand the demands of pre-injury duties and design programs to assist the achievement of return to work goals. We encourage injured workers to take an active role in their rehabilitation program by providing the education and tools necessary to achieve self-management of injury and activities.
We believe that extended passive treatment without progressive functional outcomes is not in the best interests of the injured worker and can have detrimental impacts on their recovery. As such we take a biopsychosocial approach and integrate evidence based cognitive behavioural principals into our programs to maximum patient outcomes.
Our results speak for themselves. Our programs have achieved an upgrade in medical certification 91% of the time and 98% of clients report being highly satisfied with the treatment they receive.
Why it Works
- Encourage injured workers to take an active role in their rehabilitation program
- Assist the nominated treating doctor when upgrading duties
- Improve return to work outcomes
- Provides the education and tools necessary to achieve self-management
- Improve the injured workers function for work tasks
- Simplify the return to work process
Secondary intervention usually occurs during the sub-acute phase of rehabilitation, which can range from 4 to 12 weeks after the initial injury, we recommend referrals to incorporate functional exercise prescription when:
- Acute passive therapy is no longer resulting in significant functional improvement
- Pre-injury duties are physically demanding. This can include heavy loads, repetitive manual handling, awkward postures and hazardous manual tasks.
- There is insufficient suitable activity available in the workplace to meet the worker’s total activity needs through the return to work plan
- The worker’s injury has been appropriately assessed and managed in the acute period
- The worker’s injury is now in the sub acute period and they are not working pre injury duties and hours
- There are indications of psychosocial barriers and/ or delayed recovery
- Activity levels are not progressing and/ or fluctuate widely
- The worker requires supervision, education, instruction and reinforcement
- Progression following surgery requires functional rehabilitation
Our reduced supervision exercise program is a critical progression in the rehabilitation process. Patients that achieve a suitable level of self-management and no longer require intense one on one supervision will be progressed into the reduced supervision program. The type and complexity of a patient injury will significantly influence how quickly they progress to active self-management.
Patients that progress into our reduced supervision program benefit from increased motivation, enhanced compliance, continuous exercise progression and return to work. Reduced supervision is a cost effective scheme for the rehabilitation of employees for insurers, providers and employers.