The North Mississippi Medical Center Industrial Rehabilitation Program helps determine worker physical readiness, create a safer work environment for employees, reduces costs from work-related injuries and helps injured employees return to their jobs.
The programs are designed to prevent or reduce common work-related injuries. All safety classes can be designed to fit an employee's or company's specific needs.
- Job Task Analysis
- Job Modification
- Hand/Arm Safety Classes
- Back Safety Classes
- Functional Capacity Evaluation
- Work Conditioning Program
The staff is trained to perform Job Task Analysis at the work site. A Job Task Analysis is a professional analysis of a particular job or task that includes observing the following factors:
- Workstation design
- Tools and machines used
- Length and number of breaks
- Work environment
- Work equipment and materials
- Ergonomic efficiency
A Job Task Analysis provides the therapist with the data needed to recommend job modifications, develop Work Conditioning Programs, create pre-employment screenings, provide on-site prevention classes or design specialized programs.
A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) of the injured employee is conducted to determine the employee's capability to return to work. Our facility utilizes the Ergo-science Functional Capacity Evaluation, which uses a scoring system for determining an accurate level of work and projecting patient abilities for an eight-hour day. The evaluation takes three to four hours in a single day and covers all demands of work defined by the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT). Individual tasks of the test may be customized for job-specific testing or post-offer screening. The evaluation can be requested by any party involved in the client's injury recovery, and recommendations may be given for entering the Work Conditioning Program, returning to work or a combination of the two.
Referrals and Appointments
A referral from a physician or nurse practitioner is required for the Work Conditioning Program. This highly-structured, goal-oriented rehabilitation program simulates an employee's specific job requirements and teaches techniques to prevent further injuries. This program may be set up to include time at work in conjunction with Work Conditioning sessions.
This can be accomplished through the following methods:
- A client on light duty status may continue to work while attending the Work Conditioning Program.
- As physical capabilities improve, the client may be released by his/her healthcare provider to return to partial duty while continuing with the Work Conditioning Program.
These options are available in preparation for returning the client to full duty status.
Industrial Rehabilitation Specialist Amy Moody, OTR/L, CEAS is an occupational therapist and Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist. She has been with North Mississippi Medical Center since 1998, serving as the Industrial Rehabilitation therapist for NMMC's Outpatient Rehabilitation Center since 2012. She is a Certified Ergo-science FCE provider.
For More Information
For additional information about this program or related rehabilitation services, call (662) 377-7215 or 1-800-THE-DESK (1-800-843-3375).