Ergonomics is the science that addresses how human beings perform tasks, use tools, and interact with our environment. The Ergonomic Assessment Program specifically looks at how to redesign jobs and tasks to make the environment safer for the person performing those tasks. Our goal is to suggest ergonomic improvements that will increase employee health, safety, and productivity, and improve the overall quality of work.
Physical therapists who are certified in ergonomic assessment evaluate and make recommendations for improving the ways in which workers approach their daily tasks. Following an analysis of the work, the individual performing the work, and the work site, we provide the employer and the employee with suggestions for improving the work-area design, adaptive equipment, and increasing safety.
Who is the program right for?
Ergonomic assessments are right for anyone who notices pain at work: aching, burning, or fatigue that is related to performing specific tasks, using tools, or the setup of a workstation or desk.
The five risk factors that are most significant in relation to ergonomic-related injuries are repetition, force, awkward postures, contact stress, and vibration. These factors, in various combinations, play a major role in injuries to the human body. If you are suffering from back pain (which is very common) or upper extremity pain and injuries (such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis of the shoulders, elbows, wrists or hands) you may benefit from an ergonomic assessment.
What are the benefits?
- Learning how to use your body correctly during the performance of your job to reduce the risk of injury
- Elimination or reduction of abnormal stressors that are preventing injuries from healing
- Prevention of recurring injuries
Where is Ergonomic Assessment provided?
Our ergonomic specialists typically go into the workplace, observe, and talk with people as they do their jobs. We also talk with employers and make recommendations about ways in which jobs can be modified to reduce risk factors. Your employer needs to be notified and must approve the on-site visit.
Does my insurance cover this?
Workers' Compensation and most private insurance plans cover work-site ergonomic assessments that are performed by a licensed physical therapist. It is important to check with the benefits manager at your place of employment before scheduling your appointment.
How do I get started?
Ask your doctor about having an ergonomic assessment or physical therapy to treat your work related injury. Call (607) 274-4159 to schedule an appointment.