What are the important considerations in a rehabilitation program for a work-related injury?
1. The practitioner will assess the patient’s work demands and environment – This includes the nature of their work, the muscle groups used in their role and the demands related to strength and endurance of the relevant tasks. In addition to this, other considerations such as clothing (including personal protective equipment), equipment used, and the surrounding environment should also be considered. These factors help to guide the specific exercise prescription and the design of the rehabilitation program.
2. Effective exercise prescription – The practitioner will prescribe exercise that is specific to the demands of the job role, including appropriate muscle groups, physical demands and required movement patterns. The rehabilitation program will also aim to address any non-physical demands of the job role such as stress, travel and mental processing.