Industrial Rehabilitation

Orthology clinics provide state-of-the-art industrial rehabilitation services designed to prevent injury and facilitate rapid and effective case resolution. From pre- to post-injury, we offer employers, insurers, attorneys, physicians and case managers everything they need to fully serve workers’ compensation cases—and help prevent workplace injuries.

Job Site Analysis

Clinicians at Orthology are trained to analyze and describe jobs in detail, with particular emphasis on the determination of the Essential Functions of the job. Job Site Analyses are used to design rehabilitation programs and provide a framework for evaluations such as Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE) and Post-Offer Evaluations. These are demanding of rigorous attention-to-detail and defensibility. We use state of the art software and digital instruments to quickly and efficiently capture all the job metrics to present a concise yet detailed report of the job functions.

Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE)

Our functional capacity evaluations are performed using the most advanced computerized instrumentation and multimedia tools that enable the evaluator to focus on the behavior and functional tolerance of the examinee. Detailed reports are clear and concise, and withstand the rigor of legal challenge. Objective evaluation of maximum voluntary effort and reliability of symptoms qualify the validity of the examinee’s performance. Results are used to identify and provide solutions to the barriers to case resolution. Evaluations are tailored to the pre-injury job, specific injury findings, and requests from referrers. Our evaluations have been used in complex high stakes litigation both locally and regionally. Our hybrid evaluation comprises the best components of the Matheson, Blankenship and JTech Medical systems of evaluation.

Ergonomic Analysis

Ergonomic analyses are used to identify risk factors associated with a job. These can comprise simple but effective mini-analyses, or in-depth analyses of complex commercial or industrial work sites. We favor a participatory style of ergonomics that taps into the experience and contribution of those onsite and which is founded on discovery, training, and eventual independent evaluation. Recommendations are suggested to mitigate risk factors, protect workers, optimize productivity, and reduce employer exposure. Advanced analytic tools, such as the NIOSH Lifting Equation and Cumulative Trauma Risk Assessment tools, help employers evaluate the efficacy of administrative and engineering changes before their implementation so as to save time and money. We have assisted employers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and South Dakota with our in-depth ergonomic analyses.

Post-Offer Evaluations

All employers in the United States have the ability to test applicants for any job, and to withdraw an offer of employment from those who fail to demonstrate ability to safely perform those demands that are job related and of business necessity (essential functions). This protects the worker and the employer from costly and unnecessary injuries. We understand that even minor workplace injuries can be very disruptive and costly to employers, and that preventing injuries is of significant value for the wellbeing of workers and in helping employers maintain profitability. These evaluations are based on thorough job site analysis, with particular emphasis on the essential functions of the job as described by the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA). We work with employers to identify those jobs that pose the most risk, analyze and quantify the risk, design the post- offer tests, and implement the program within the guidelines of the ADA and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Where necessary, we also work with employers to defend against challenges to the legitimacy of the program.

Work Conditioning

There is a transitional period in many patients’ recovery in which they have met all the goals of their physical therapy program but they are not yet ready to safely return to work. This may be because they lack strength, agility, aerobic fitness, or workplace tolerance in general. In these instances, work conditioning or work hardening are excellent options to achieve case resolution and assist in returning the worker to work in a safe and effective manner. Our team’s expertise in designing work conditioning programs, combined with our state-of-the-art facilities, allow simulation of almost every possible work station, and aid in returning injured employees to work as quickly as possible—and with the least possibility of re-injury. We work with case managers and employers to identify the demands of the job so that these can be used to design the work conditioning program. Our staff regularly communicates the patients’ progress to all parties concerned.

Industrial Rehabilitation Treatment Sessions

Orthology offers a comprehensive workers’ compensation treatment program. We communicate closely with adjusters, case managers, and physicians to (1) secure the necessary authorization for treatment, and (2) report on updated patient progress toward case resolution. We use a treatment approach that helps to identify the root cause of pain, restore function, and facilitate recovery, thereby promoting early return to work. Our patients with non-surgical musculoskeletal injuries receive an average of 6 visits of treatment per episode. We are aware of the significant cost to an employer when a worker is injured and the value of injury prevention, or rapid, safe and effective return to work.

Meet our Industrial Rehabilitation Staff

Matthew Murphy, PTA
Matthew Murphy, PTAPhysical Therapist Assistant
Matthew has over six years of Industrial Rehabilitation involvement and experience, and additionally is the Industrial Rehabilitation Program lead for Orthology. Among performing multiple jobs within the manual labor sector, in his latter years of college he worked in demolition, which provided the opportunity to experience, first-hand, various physical demands that are commonly seen in injured workers. This personal exposure has given greater understanding and appreciation for the jobs, and their respective requirements, performed by injured workers seen in rehab.
Jonathan Reynolds, PT, PhD
Jonathan Reynolds, PT, PhDPhysical Therapist
Jonathan has 30 years experience in the workers’ compensation field and has certifications in Functional Capacity Evaluation (Matheson, Blankenship and JTech Medical), job site analysis, and ergonomic analysis. He has designed two FCE software systems and one job analysis software program that are used in the industrial rehabilitation field. He holds a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Minnesota and his dissertation comprised an exposure variation analysis of the 3-dimensional biomechanics and muscular electromyography study of the right shoulder in an occupational setting. Jonathan has testified in complex, high stakes litigation cases in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Montana.
David Anderson, PT, DPT
David Anderson, PT, DPTPhysical Therapist
David has been trained in, and performs, job site analyses, functional capacity exams, and ergonomic analyses. He has been involved in industrial rehab services since 2014. He frequently performs post offer examinations for two companies in the greater metro and regional area. In addition, he develops individualized work conditioning programs and supervises the program in the Coon Rapids clinic. David provides a hands on, patient centered approach to rehabilitation for post operative and non operative workers’ compensation injuries.
Sandra Ohlenschalger, PT
Sandra Ohlenschalger, PTPhysical Therapist
Sandra has been a Matheson certified work capacity evaluator since 1999. She has extensive experience in performing functional capacity evaluations, job site analyses, and managing patients in work conditioning settings. She has 25 years’ experience in working with workers’ compensation cases in Illinois and Minnesota.

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