Many medium and large employers are realising the benefits of workers receiving treatment for soft tissue injuries within the workplace. Axis Rehabilitation at Work has been a leading provider of Onsite Physiotherapy for the past 15 years.
Michael Tew (Business Partner, Axis Rehabilitation at Work) provides an overview of Onsite Physiotherapy and the benefits it delivers to workers and employers.
Who Provides the Services?
Onsite Physiotherapy is typically provided by Physiotherapists with an interest in Musculoskeletal, Sports or Occupational Health. Our Physiotherapists have a special interest in occupation health and many have post-graduate qualifications in these disciplines. The onsite clinic is just like a private practice, with the Physiotherapist providing manual therapy, advice and education, prescription of exercises to allow the patient to self-manage, and keeping accurate medical records
What Does An Onsite Clinic Typically Look Like?
At most workplaces a First Aid Room is utilised for the Onsite Physiotherapy service. A treatment plinth is installed in the room, along with much of the regular equipment and consumables that are used by a Physiotherapist in the course of their practice – this might include tape, theraband, an ultrasound machine and linen.
Who Can Be Seen in an Onsite Physiotherapy Clinic?
Axis encourages the onsite clinic to be open to all workers with both work related and non-work related injuries. Workers with a compensable claim can also be seen, in fact this is often a very efficient way for these workers to be managed. In all cases, use of the Onsite Physiotherapist will improve the chances of an injured worker being able to get back to performing their normal work quickly, safely and without discomfort.
What Are The Benefits of Onsite Physiotherapy?
Early and Proactive Intervention in the Workplace
Having access to an onsite Physiotherapist within the workplace allows injured workers to readily and easily access treatment for musculoskeletal conditions before these injuries become a big problem. With a Physiotherapist providing early intervention in the form of manual therapy and exercise prescription, the chances of a worker’s condition worsening is greatly reduced. An Onsite Physiotherapist can also conduct workstation screenings and manual handling training, to minimise the risk of further musculoskeletal discomfort and injury.
Effective Communication between the Employer and the Physiotherapist
Having an Onsite Physiotherapist mitigates one of the most frustrating aspects of dealing with a number of different community health professionals in workers compensation cases: inadequate communication. The Physiotherapist can make regular contact with the employer, to assist in ensuring the worker’s safety in the workplace, as well as providing immediate feedback and clarity on their capacity for work.
An Understanding of Your Workplace
Onsite Physiotherapists gain a first-hand knowledge of your workplace and the roles and responsibilities of your workers. Having this knowledge means that the onsite Physiotherapist can apply the clinical assessment of an injured worker’s capacity to their knowledge of your work environment, to more accurately provide information about suitable duties for the injured worker. Being located within the workplace allows the Physiotherapist to take the patient’s manual handling advice from the clinic room to the work environment, which improves the efficacy of this intervention.
Expert Advice by a health professional that understands your busines
Beyond providing treatment to your employees, an Onsite Physiotherapist can provide a range of preventative services. Axis Physiotherapists can conduct musculoskeletal risk
assessments, worksite assessments for injured workers, create task analyses for your workplace and deliver manual handling training.
To enquire about Onsite Physiotherapy for your business get in touch with Axis Rehabilitation at Work on (07) 3229 9441.