Occupational Health and Ergonomics
Early identification of Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), followed by physiotherapy advice and treatment, will minimize the impact of MSDs on employees and will facilitate the employee to remain at work, or to return to work early.
By simulating the work situation, the injured worker participates in an intensive conditioning, educational and motivational programme, which prepares them for the return to the workplace.
- Chartered Physiotherapists carry out DSE (VDU) workstation assessments and training to minimize the risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)1 in this ever growing sector of the workforce.
- Chartered Physiotherapists are active in the management of occupational injury particularly musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)?
- Chartered Physiotherapists design "work conditioning programmes"
- Chartered Physiotherapists carry out Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs). FCEs are used to assess the physical capabilities of the injured person, and provide an objective, comprehensive report. This report can be used to determine the level of disability, to quantify impairment and to assist in vocational planning.
Chartered Physiotherapists have a professional responsibility to keep abreast of developments in their areas of practice, through membership of relevant organisations e.g. Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics.