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With customized treatment programs, we will return your injured worker back to work quickly. We offer a hands-on approach to patient care, along with assessments specifically developed to document each patient’s progress compared to national standards, using validated outcomes tools throughout the plan of care. Case managers, adjustors, physicians, and patients can see measurable results every step of the way. BenchMark is committed to exceeding your expectation and becoming your physical and occupational therapy provider of choice.
If an injury does occur, our goal becomes to help each worker return to their productive and fulfilling work and personal life. At BenchMark, we offer a variety of services consisting of:
• Acute Rehab: Rehabilitation of any injury that has produced a specific or sharp pain of sudden onset resulting from a traumatic event to a body part, usually in muscle, tendon, or bone.
• Post-Surgical Rehab: Rehabilitation occurring after an injury has taken place that requires surgery.
We take pride in our outstanding outcomes. Studies show that patients who participate in a work conditioning program are 22% more likely to return to work than those who don’t.* BenchMark’s work conditioning program is designed to maximize that advantage by integrating education, aerobic exercise, stretching, strengthening and functional task training to allow for the worker to achieve a higher level of job performance. Our documentation is easy to read, reports are updated frequently to reflect job abilities, and our timely reporting will allow you to make important decisions about your injured workers and their return to work.
* Lechner, DE. Work Hardening and Work Conditioning Interventions: Do They Affect Disability? Physical Therapy. 1994;74(5):471-493.
A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE), as defined by the Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, is a comprehensive battery of performance based tests that is used commonly to determine an individual’s ability to work.
A Functional Capacity Evaluation quantifies safe functional abilities, and is a pivotal resource for:
• Return-To-Work And Job-Placement Decisions
• Disability Evaluation
• Determination of How Non-Work-Related Illness and Injuries Impact Work Performance
• Intervention and Treatment Planning
• Case Management and Case Closure
Bench Mark Rehab Partner’s goal is to be Your Provider of Choice for all types of Functional Capacity Evaluations nationwide. We are proud to have Certified Functional Evaluators across all regions where we have Physical Therapy Clinics.
We provide an unbiased, objective, defensible evaluation of an individual’s safe functional abilities. Our BMRP FCE Reports answer your referral questions with an easy to read summary of the client’s performance, photos of the client performing each test and graphs for easy review of data collected during the Functional Evaluation.
BenchMark Rehab Partners’ Functional Testing Centers assist the referral physicians by offering two (2) methods of determining an Impairment Rating or Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Rating. An impairment rating is a percent of impairment awarded to a client that has significant loss, deviation or disease of a particular body function or part.This is not to determine disability status. We use the latest standard in medical impairment ratings with an emphasis on:
• Musculoskeletal Evaluation
• Impairment Classification based on functional findings and objective clinician test results (AMA Guides)
We are trained in both manual and computerized calculations to determine Range of Motion Impairment and/or Diagnosis Based Impairment. We are skilled in both 5th and 6th edition AMA Guidelines for Impairment Rating Calculations.
Physical agility testing focuses on job specific physical demand testing required for a position. An employer may request testing to ensure that employees of a specific job class are capable of performing the physical demands of the job.
• An employee that has been on extended periods of leave, but has not suffered an injury or illness
• A new hire
• An employee returning from a non-work related injury
• Annual/biannual assessments
The Fit for Duty Test can be conducted by an employer to confirm that an associate is able to perform the physical demands of the job functions. These tests are job related and consistent with business necessity to ensure a safe return to work. Examples include:
• When an employer has reliable evidence of performance problem
• When there is reasonable belief employee is a direct threat to himself or others
• When an employer has receipt and documentation of “reliable information” that an employee has a medical condition that threatens safety
• When an associate returns from leave when employer has a reasonable belief that employee’s ability may be impaired and threatens safety
• When an associate returns to work after absences for a work related or non-work related injury or illness
• When an associate return to work after a physician release with or without restrictions
• When there is a promotion or reassignment to a different job
The ergonomic analysis can be administered in any work environment to determine if the essential functions of a job may expose the employee to an increased level of risk for injury compared to the general public who perform the same essential job functions. Analysis is performed at the place of employment. Whether the problem is with the process, the work station or the behaviors, our experts will help you come up with a solution that is cost effective for you. Our Ergonomic Specialists can provide insight into what is appropriate to decrease “at risk” behaviors and limit injury based on repetitive stresses or strains, contact stresses, or postural intolerance.
Post-Offer testing is comprehensive medical and functional testing of a candidate that has been given a conditional offer of employment. The Post-Offer Test is used to determine if a potential employee can perform the demands of the job and to document baseline information about the candidate. Objective testing of the applicant’s ability to perform the physical work can lead to better hiring decisions and improved quality of life. This information can also be used as a baseline for pre-existing problems should the employee be injured in the future. Our specialists can perform job-site analysis to customize post-offer testing specific to a particular job at your workplace and ensure all test protocols are consistent with business necessity.
The work task analysis assists the employer in addressing a physician’s work restrictions for an injured employee. Our goal is to determine the specific work tasks for the employee that will result in their safe return to work. This can be part of a transitional work plan. BenchMark Rehab Partners can recommend or suggest modifications to the job based on the analysis.
The jobsite analysis identifies functional job requirements and is the foundation for employee testing services and functional job descriptions. The analysis is performed at the place of employment. The objective measurement from on-site analysis can provide legally defensible documentation of job requirements. This can be performed on various job clusters and the information can be used to create job-specific employment tests, develop transitional duty programs, and ensure return to work programs are job-specific.
A proactive, comprehensive, guided return to work program allows for the worker to improve their physical skills of performing the job demands. While focusing on physical strength, endurance, aerobic capacity, flexibility, task simulation and functional movement training, the worker can improve their physical capability and effectiveness to perform the expected job demands. Research has shown that a proactive program can have a return on investment of $8-$10 per dollar invested.
We observe each job taking note of postures, repetition and movements. Our experts then tailor specific stretches and exercises for each job based on which muscle groups are used most often. This program involves setting up a short series of job specific activities and stretches designed to address the problems that can occur with certain job tasks. We can even train team leaders to effectively “coach” the routine in your facility.
A workstation can be built to the most ideal ergonomic specifications but if the employee does not use good body mechanics and execute safe practices then risks will still be present, and a facility will never reap the full return on investment. Our experts can develop Critical Behavior Programs for the different departments in your facility. Short, simple training has been proven to increase retention and compliance as well as aid in creating a culture of good habits.
Research shows that the associates who are fit have better morale and fewer injuries at work and at play. We provide education for lifestyle challenges such as hypertension, diabetes, smoking cessation and a cast of others. Employers are taking advantage of programs like these as it leads to fewer injuries and better fitness meaning reduced absenteeism, increased presenteeism, increased productivity, reduced injury costs and improved morale among associates. Implementing healthy protocols and procedures can have up to a 6:1 return on investment in companies implementing these programs.
By providing OSHA compliant first aid and education to your associates we hope to reduce injuries and develop a cost-effective solution to keeping the workplace injury-free. We understand that prevention is the key, so we take time to educate every associate seen on home injury management. We can implement a cost-effective solution for you to avoid a recordable injury by providing services to your employees that include the following:
•Hot or cold therapy
•Any non-rigid means of support, such as elastic bandages, wraps, non-rigid back belts, etc.
•Reference and suggest any stretches or exercises in the daily stretching program in which associate is actively participating
BenchMark’s Ready for Work program is set up to help employer’s get their new employees ready to do the job. This program is geared towards improving the new employee’s readiness to handle a full day’s work no matter their work history. The program is designed on the periodization principle for readying an employee to handle the work load. By determining the overall work load required, we design a program that gets the employee ready day by day by increasing their exertion levels as well as working on general strengthening, flexibility, and cardiovascular health. The program is customizable and can range from 2-4 hours for 1-2 weeks.
Post-Offer testing is comprehensive medical and functional testing of a candidate that has been given a conditional offer of employment. The Post-Offer Test is used to determine if a potential employee can perform the demands of the job and to document baseline information about the candidate. Objective testing of the applicant’s ability to perform the physical work is conducted with the goal of making better hiring decisions and improving quality of life. This information can also be used as a baseline for pre-existing problems should the employee be injured in the future. Our specialists can perform jobsite analysis to customize post-offer testing specific to a particular job at your workplace and ensure all test protocols are consistent with business necessity.