How to succeed in reducing the cost of injuries for Business and Industry
Not everyone can go into a company and provide the knowledge of how to decrease work injuries and insurance spend on musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). It takes qualified individuals to gain the trust of company management, gain the respect of employees, and have the ability to deliver effective programs.
This course will give you the tools, skills and a plan to work with business and industry to provide them the highest quality knowledge to decrease injuries and save money on insurance premiums and musculoskeletal claims for both workers compensation and non-workers compensation.
1. Students will be able to understand what treatment causes a recordable injury when performed by a healthcare provider and what is considered first aid, as defined by OSHA.
2. Students will be able to create an action plan, based on decreasing musculoskeletal insurance spending, regarding tasks and time allocation for 6 months, 1 year and 2 years when going to a company.
3. Students will be able to understand different possibilities to generate patients and engrain themselves into company injury management and prevention solutions
4. Students will be able to create stretching programs, strengthening programs, wellness plans, to assist in the prevention and treatment of MSD injuries.
Introduction – Why is this needed and why now?
- Importance of being an expert
- High deductible insurance plans
- Injury rates and insurance premiums
- Injuries occur due to a multifaceted connection of strength, flexibility, ergonomics/body mechanics, the perception of pain, stress, individual health, and job satisfaction
- In the clinic vs on-site treatment and why it is needed
- Reactive programs vs prevention programs
- Why this is important
- DART rate, Mod factors, insurance premiums
- First Aid vs Recordable treatments
- Alternative treatments
- Legal document
- Establishes a baseline
- Learning the motions of the job
- Identifying ergonomic concerns
- Ability to create a post-offer functional assessment
- Importance for return to work, fit for duty, work restrictions.
How to determine where to start at a company
- Based off of the job description
- Less than 10 minutes in length
- Used as a reference for early intervention
- Importance of implementation – If you build it, they won’t just come.
- Wellness plans vs job specific plans: screening for each
- Industrial athletes – preparing for actions at work just like athletes
- First aid techniques, Kinesiotaping, Active Release Techniques
- Changing the mindset of what was learned in school for treatment
- Communication importance with line leader, HR, Plant Manager, Safety
- Review of allowed braces
- Job rotation, incident investigation, moving to a different job – knowing the difference
- Appointment locations, appointment lengths
- How to generate patients
- Making it easy to be found and seen
- Supply needs to see patients day 1 at a company
- Become the expert in ergonomics with the knowledge of the body
- Body mechanics training
- Ergonomic committee development and leadership
- Tracking worksheets
- Failures of ergonomic ideas: money, time, priority, production interruption
- Why this is important
- Why it needs to be rigid and flexible
- Order of rollout should make sense and strategic
- Marketing – Set yourself apart
Are you an Expert – how do you know that?
- Targeting: brokers, companies with high traffic through your clinic, city chamber, work conditioning/hardening patients, case managers.
- What to charge companies for your services – market analysis
How to be the Best:
- Communication: Working with HR, plant manager, safety manager, line leaders, claims managers, health and wellness nurses, case managers
- Balancing the 3 headed monster: the patient, the company, your company/yourself
- Engraining in the culture
Adam Artel, DPT, CKTP, CEES, Cert. DN, ART Provider
Adam has been a physical therapist for 13 years. The last 11 years, he has worked for Bellin Health in the Ergonomics and Rehabilitation Department. In his capacity as Team Facilitator, he manages 21 providers at 44 on-site locations to provide solutions to help control the cost of musculoskeletal injuries. He works performing onsite outpatient physical therapy, early intervention, functional capacity examinations, work conditioning, stretching programs, post-offer employment screens, ergonomic evaluations, job coaching, job description analysis, new hire training, and fitness center orientations. He has also been instrumental in developing and presenting Lunch and Learn programs on such topics as Foot Comfort, Injury Management Best Practices, Back Safety, Why Choose Physical Therapy, Desk Ergonomics, Everything PT has to offer, Exercising over the Age of 50, Stretching at the Workplace, Understanding Knee Pain, Understanding Foot Pain, Safe Lifting Techniques.
Dr. Artel is a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner through Kinesio Taping Association International a Certified Ergonomic Evaluation Specialist through Matheson Education and Training Solutions LLC, a Certified Dry Needling through Spinal Manipulation Institute and an Active Release Technique Provider through Active Release.