Occupational Health promotes and maintains the highest level of safety and physical well-being for optimal performance within a specific job setting. At Alpine PT, we offer several components to build a safe and effective working environment as well prepare and clear employees for best fitted positions. Current research demonstrates significant reduction with on the job injury and unnecessary disability when occupational health is used for pre placement testing, safety in lifting, early interventions, and early active intervention if injury does occur. Here are some frequently asked questions to help you understand what our offerings are:
What is a Pre Offer Work Screen? An employer will offer a new hire a position that might require physical demands, to ensure safety for the new employee there is a physical exam or Work Screen that is performed. These include job specific movements and tasks to assess the new employee's ability to complete the potential work tasks safely. Physical Therapists and Exercise Scientists generally provide feedback and assessment on these tests then the employer is notified of the results and or any recommendations for the new hire to ensure safety upon starting their new role.
What companies does Alpine PT work with currently in providing Work Screens? NorthWest Energy, Montana Rail Link, Montana Schools Group InterLocal Authority, Dailey Meats, and others.
How do companies find out more information about these offerings? Visit the Alpine PT website's page about Occupational Health ; call our Downtown Clinic and ask for RJ; or send an email to info@AlpinePTmissoula.com
Who is on the Alpine PT Occupational Health Team? While all our talented PTs enjoy treating injuries related work; we have a specific team of staff members leading this area of specialty: Matt, Cole, Sam, and RJ. If there are questions or recommendations or referrals around Occupational Health please feel free to reach out to this team at Alpine.
What else does the Occupational Health Team offer besides Pre/Post Offer Work Screens? There are many areas where PTs can help employers provide a safe and enjoyable workplace for their team. Alpine PT offers onsite educational presentations, injury prevention and performance assessment testing, early interventions and consults, and onsite ergonomic assessments.
Why is Occupational Health important? By using professionals like PTs, employers can help keep their staff as healthy as possible and enjoy their jobs as well as being able to enjoy life outside of work. Research shows that preventive steps in managing injury and early intervention for injury management reduces total costs of claims, limits days off work, and improves employee retention and moral. The body is the most important tool out there - it is time to make sure we invest and take care of it!
If you are interested in more information about how Alpine Physical Therapy can contribute to the health of your business, please call our Downtown office at (406)549-0064.