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Employers

Onsite Prevention & Intervention

What is your process when an employee reports soreness while at work? Unfortunately, many employers struggle with this question. In most cases, they find out AFTER the employee has opened a claim and/or taken time off work to seek care that may result in costly imaging, medications, and referrals to specialists. iWorks Health offers a solution to resolve your employee’s soreness while at work, avoiding the recordable, lost time, and worker’s compensation claim all together.

Our Occupational Therapists utilize OSHA First Aid for musculoskeletal soreness which includes: heat & ice, stretching, ergonomic evaluation, soft tissue work & massage, rock & K-Tape, topical gel for pain relief, soft supports, education, and workstation modifications.

In addition to Onsite Therapy, iWorks Health offers job analysis, temporary transitional work (for injured employees), customized body mechanics & stretch programs, industrial & office ergonomics, employee education & training, and post-offer/pre-employment testing. See Services section for more information.

Industries Served:

  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Warehousing
  • Engineering
  • Retail

Testimonials

“I have had the opportunity to partner with iWorks Health on a number of projects, and I am impressed with their level of professionalism and ingenuity.  They are coming up with solutions for the manufacturing industry and pushing us to re-evaluate how we protect our most valuable assets, our people.”

Steve Kalina

President, Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association MPMA

Slumberland Furniture

“It has been my privilege to work with iWorks Health, specifically Beth M. She has been instrumental in helping us build our onsite first aid program. Not only do we receive first aid care for our employees, she provides monthly educational topics at our employee meetings to help build a better knowledge base for body mechanics. She has helped us trouble shoot ergonomic improvements for our employees, as well as help us create job demand analysis for our positions to assist in our return to work program. Both our incident rate and DART rate have reduced since we started our partnership with iWorks Health. They offer viable solutions for employers, and I couldn’t ask for a more accommodating partner. iWorks Health is a great company to work with!

Sowles Co.

“iWorks Health was first recommended by an employee who was enrolled in PDR Clinics’ Rehabilitation. PDR’s approach to treating the injury, pain and the Cognitive Behavioral Coaching impressed our employee so much he discussed the potential of Sowles Co. working together with the clinic and staff to assist other injured workers.

Following this employee referral, I scheduled an appointment to visit the clinic and met with iWorks Health’ Account Executive, Tyler Lowthian and Occupational Therapist, Beth Mayotte. Together we tailored a program benefiting employees suffering from soft tissue injuries or musculoskeletal pain where Beth is able to meet with individuals on site, virtually or in clinic. iWorks Health benefits the employee with their expertise in providing onsite real-time first contact, evaluation and relief. Sowles Co. benefits in knowing that we are partnered with a clinic who has taken the time to obtain an integral understanding of our industry and providing the best in employee care.

Also, iWorks Health has worked together with Sowles Co. to refine our Job Function Analysis, giving doctors an accurate and true depiction of the work an ironworker performs and exposures they encounter on any given day. This coupled with a comprehensive Light Duty Program outlining specific tasks ranging from field, to shop and office tasks is invaluable when doctors see the opportunities provided by the employer. This constitutes a win/win for the employee’s healing and the employer.

I want to extend our sincere appreciation to iWorks Health and PDR Clinics for developing an exemplary program that surpasses many in the industry.”

 

MobileWorks Case Study

Gresser Companies, Inc.

 

Introduction

Employee of a iWorks Health’s Employer Partner reported a knee injury from a slip at home. iWorks Health was contacted by the
employer to provide an on-demand onsite visit (MobileWorks) to provide OSHA first aid services.

The Situation

A construction company employee slipped at home on the ice and sustained a knee injury. As a carpenter, his job required him to kneel while working on new concrete. He reported to the HR Director that he was unable to tolerate kneeling due to his knee being sore. The HR Director was able to temporarily accommodate the employee with nonkneeling tasks, but needed additional support and contacted iWorks Health, via their online dashboard, to request an urgent, onsite visit (MobileWorks) with iWorks Health’ therapist to care for the employee and log the complaint.

iWorks Health received the request the same day and was onsite to meet with the employee within 24 hours. The therapist established rapport with the employee by listening to his story of the fall at home, his inability to work in a kneeling position, and his concerns regarding the severity of the injury. Despite the soreness in his knee, he was at work and doing what he could to get through his day. He noted that he had purchased a knee support at the drugstore and was having difficulty sleeping. The therapist then performed a physical examination of the knee. There was intact range of motion and slight swelling. The therapist provided ice, performed massage, and taped the employee’s knee. The employee was given a soft knee support to wear throughout the workday with instructions to alternate the support he purchased along with the support that had been provided so he would have one for work and home. The therapist also provided education regarding neutral knee positioning, using larger muscles to compensate, and reassurance that the soreness would dissipate so he could return to his full duty as a carpenter. Clear recommendations for home and work activities were provided to the employee, the HR Director, and the company foreman. The instructions were also posted on iWorks Health’ portal for secure access by the employer.

At the beginning of the first visit the employee reported his soreness a seven (7) out of 10. By the end of the visit, after the therapist addressed the employee’s concerns and provided care and instruction, the employee rated their soreness at a three (3) out of 10. The employee felt more confident and his fears were reduced as a result of the visit. The therapist recommended a follow up visit three (3) days later.

At the follow up visit, the employee again reported elevated levels of soreness (five (5) out of 10). When the therapist inquired about his increased pain, the employee mentioned that he had talked to a friend that also had a knee injury but was misdiagnosed and ended up requiring surgery, leaving him in constant pain. The employee was clearly influenced by his friend’s experience and as a result had increased anxiety and discomfort. The therapist once again performed a physical exam, noting no changes to his range of motion, reduced swelling, decreased tenderness, and improved function in the knee. The therapist encouraged the employee and told him his knee was improving, which seemed to provide immediate relief to the employee. Ice, gentle soft tissue work to increase blood flow and reduce stiffness, kinesiotape, topical pain-relieving gel, and continued education on self-care and stretching to improve range of motion were provided. By the end of the session, he expressed confidence in his ability to return to work without restrictions and follow the therapist’s instructions at home. A follow up visit was again scheduled to monitor the employee’s progress.

A third and forth visit were scheduled and the employee continued to make progress in range of motion and ability to manage his symptoms using the recommendations of the therapist. The employee returned to full duty without issue.

Testimonial

When we had an employee experiencing musculoskeletal discomfort, we reached out to our partner iWorks Health to provide treatment to the employee. We were able to easily schedule a visit via their user-friendly portal and have a therapist meet him within 24 hours at his jobsite. His treatment plan ensured that he was getting the injury care he needed while also allowing him to remain active on the jobsite. We are happy with the quick progress he made after only a few visits with the therapist onsite and our employee was grateful for the easy process that allowed him to keep working!

Kayti B.
HR Manager, Gresser Companies

 

Reduce Health Costs and Improve Worker Productivity

PDR Clinics & iWorks Health

For the past 25 years, PDR Clinics has successfully treated tens of thousands of patients seeking treatment for extremity and spinal sprains and strains. The key, however, to reducing costs and improving health care outcomes is early identification and intervention, or better yet, to prevent pain and injury from occurring. With that, iWorks Health was developed to offer onsite solutions for employers to keep employees safe, healthy and productive.

iWorks Health’ solutions help employers prevent injury through early detection and treatment, education, training, and work site assessment. We work with each employer to develop customized programs to address their individual needs and budget.

iWorks Health offers a variety of service offerings including onsite therapy, educational programs and training, stretching programs, ergonomic screens, job analyses, post-offer/pre-placement evaluations (POPE) and industrial and office ergonomic consultations. iWorks Health reduces injuries as well as the costs associated with pain, injury, lost production, absenteeism and presenteeism.

MobileWorks

MobileWorks is an on-demand OSHA first-aid service. When an employee reports an issue, the employer simply contacts iWorks Health to request an onsite visit with a licensed occupational or physical therapist. The therapist will perform a physical examination while collecting other information such as the major complaint, job tasks, restrictions, and more. The OSHA first aid treatment may include ice, heat, stretching, soft supports, taping and soft tissue work. MobileWorks is a convenient way to help with early detection of injuries and prevention of recordables.