Types of Treatment
Mountain River Physical Therapy has industrial services for your business, including:
- Functional Capacity Evaluations
A Functional Capacity Evaluation is a physical test used to measure the abilities of an injured worker and then use that information to match those abilities to the specific job demands of that worker. It is an objective measure of the workers’ level of function and can be used to decide return to work/activity status, disability determinations, or to generate a rehabilitation program. These evaluations are performed in the clinic setting.
- Work Conditioning
This is an intensive, work related, goal oriented conditioning program designed to restore joint mobility and integrity, muscle strength and endurance, range of motion, and aerobic capacity and endurance. The objective of the work conditioning program is to restore physical capacity and function to enable return to work. Work conditioning is provided in multi-hour sessions up to four hours per day five days per week, with individualized conditioning programs designed to meet the workers’ specific needs. The work conditioning is performed in the clinic setting with direct supervision by a physical therapist.
- Ergonomic Evaluations
An ergonomic evaluation consists of visiting job sites to perform hands-on evaluations of the physical requirements of the employees. This can include photographing workers performing job tasks, evaluating body positions or equipment required for performing tasks, and physically measuring or weighing objects to determine the potential for cumulative trauma or acute injuries on the job site. Work station evaluation for office job tasks can be performed to ensure proper desk/seat height, computer use and placement of frequently used equipment.
- Work Place Evaluations
A work place evaluation can be performed in conjunction with an ergonomic evaluation. The work place evaluation is used to determine possible workplace environmental risks and/or hazards that could lead to worker injury. These include housekeeping problems, lighting, proper safety equipment, proper signage and other potential hazards.
- Job Assessments
A job assessment is used to determine the essential functions of a specific job. This is performed by interviewing a sample of workers who perform the job and then doing objective measurements of the job. After performing the assessment a functional job analysis is written. This allows the employer to develop an accurate job description. This service should be considered if a Functional Capacity Evaluation, Work Conditioning or Pre-employment/Post Offer Screens are being performed.
- Back Education Training
Our back education training goes beyond just instructing proper lifting techniques in the workplace. We also focus on home activities, sitting and standing positions, proper body positioning for work performance as well as preventative, flexibility and strength programs.
- Pre-employment/Post Offer Screens
Pre-employment/post offer screens involve determining the applicant’ ability to perform the job tasks outlined in the job description. Assessments are made of the person’ muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and ability to perform job specific tasks. This testing helps to insure a “job match” between the prospective employee and the job position.
- Safety Meeting Presentations
Our staff can present a wide variety of safety meeting topics. These can include ergonomics training for work or home, back safety education, fitness for work, nutrition and exercise education, aging workforce injury prevention principles, stress management, and manual material handling. Specific presentations can be developed to fit the employer or employees’ needs.
- Employee Wellness Program
Our staff can offer individualized nutrition services, delivered by our Registered Dietitian, with topics that are personalized to meet your employee needs and lifestyles and specializing in diabetes awareness and education. Your employees will receive an initial in-depth session to include a lifestyle history and evaluation of current diet, nutrition, knowledge, and habits. Then our Registered Dietitian will create personal plans involving nutrition and behavior. The employees attend follow-up sessions to receive education and reinforcement on skills and knowledge necessary to implement their personalized plan.
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Our Industrial Services Expert
Joe Blauser, MS, ATC, CEAS, Director of Industrial Services
Joe Blauser graduated from Salisbury University in 1991 with Bachelor degrees in Biological Science and Physical Education, also obtaining his certification as a National Athletic Training Association Certified Athletic Trainer. He graduated from Marshall University in 1993 with a Master’s Degree in Sports Medicine. In 2007 he obtained a certification as an Ergonomic Assessment Specialist. Joe has over 20 years of experience in the high school, collegiate, clinical and industrial settings. Joe joined Mountain River Physical Therapy in February of 2009 and has worked to develop an Industrial Services program. He currently is the Director of Industrial Services providing ergonomics, wellness and pre-employment testing programs.
Joe resides in Parkersburg with his wife Becky and their two children.
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Here’s what some of our patients had to say
Her physical therapist took the time to explain how her home exercises would help during therapy and after. “I have continued using the exercises even though I have finished with my therapy.” She was happy with her therapy and everyone involved. Really excited that the exercises continue to help her with her arthritis.
Thanks so much for everything you have done for me. You have a very professional staff in a laid back atmosphere. You all worked me hard and still cared for my well being. To Ed & Melody, thank you for making me feel as if I was your only patient. You guys are great! Thanks…
I just wanted to thank you again for getting to the root of my knee pain so quickly and finding the remedy that took my ugly limp away. With the limp I looked like an old sixty-one, now I will be able to chase down anyone within ten years of my age. I took a…
I am extremely satisfied with the care and treatment that Justin, his assistant Jeff, and all the other great people at Mountain River Physical Therapy (gave me). They are knowledgeable, kind, and encouraging. When you allow them to treat you back to full health, you will not be disappointed.
… I recently used your facility for recovery from surgery on my spine. I think because of the great people there and their ability to really help and care for the patient’s needs, I was able to recover faster than normal.
Last week I was in Biloxi & Pascagoula, MS with other Wood County Habitat for Humanity folks putting new houses together… No major back or leg problems. An entire year has gone by without my needing your attention/care. I can now go up 2 flights of stairs without needing the railing.
I have done physical therapy a few times and I have never ever worked with such wonderful and kind people as you.
I can honesty say your staff and their buoyant attitudes made going to physical therapy an enjoyable and rewarding experience. I commend their professionalism and dedication to their patients.
You just can not imagine how much I appreciate you and your wisdom! If you had not found my torn patella tendon, I’d still be falling and the problem would have never been fixed!
Your smile and laughter kept my spirits high… while your expertise helped me get back on my feet. You have my thanks and gratitude for all the time you spent assisting my recovery.