Vocational rehabilitation is aimed at assisting
the individual remain at or return to work. Physiotherapists are in
a unique position to assist this process.
Physiotherapists are recognised as having the
skills and expertise required to undertake workplace assessments.
Any registered physiotherapist, after consultation with the
patient's employer, can conduct a workplace assessment of the duties
conducted by the patient.
This allows the physiotherapist to
treat the injury and to identify the possible cause, thereby
reducing the likelihood of further injury for that patient and other
staff undertaking the task. Physiotherapists can help the patient to
return to work if it has been necessary for the patient to have time
Benefits of physiotherapy
Through their knowledge
of anatomy, kinesiology and ergonomics physiotherapists can provide
current physical capabilities of the patient;
safe and realistic return to work restrictions;
appropriateness of duties being offered to the patient by
work practices to reduce the likelihood of injury
specific exercise programs based on the patient's
work requirements to facilitate work conditioning and the
patient's return to work as early as is appropriate;
prevention of injury through the provision of
training in areas such as working posture, manual handling
techniques, office ergonomics, stretching and flexibility
exercises, and work practices.
Finding a physiotherapist
A number of
physiotherapists specialise in the area of occupational health, and
have undertaken postgraduate studies in areas of ergonomics,
occupational health, and risk management.
like the names of physiotherapists who have a special interest in
vocational rehabilitation? This falls under the
categories of ergonomics and occupational health. i Call us on (03) 9527 7532 or contact us here.