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Work rehabilitation is used to facilitate work return.

Early intervention to return the worker progressively to,

or to accommodate the worker in work.

RETURN TO WORK PROGRAM

STO has developed our own standardised work assessment and rehabilitation tool - SINEXUS. Sinexus is structured, graded work tasks, which allows the patient/ client the opportunity andrealistic transition period  from acute rehabilitationto the more strenuous work environment. The program is a highly structured, goal orientated and individualized treatment  program, designed to maximize the individual’s ability to return to work. 

 

The Occupational therapist will perform the necessary patient assessments, interviews, guidance and  consultation to facilitate work return. During this process the OT might also have to do a work visit, or communicate with employers to mediate work return through work re-integration or the job accommodation processes. These program uses the principle of early intervention to return the worker progressively through a graded work rehabilitation program, to his / her normal duties as far as reasonably possible 

and practicable.

 

In instances where workers are temporarily or partially unable to return to their normal occupations, we may choose to make use of job re-integration:

• Temporary placements in own/ usual occupations with restrictions

• Temporary placement in alternative work

We strive to gradually progress the worker back into their normal work duties.

 

Work accommodations or alternative placements can be temporary or permanent in nature.

EXAMPLES OF REASONABLE WORK ACCOMMODATIONS COULD INCLUDE: 

Job Restructuing:

work procedures

Assistive Devices:

Objectives/Tools

Training: 

Re-learn Methods

Personal

Assistant

Environmental

or Building 

Modifications

Job Reassignment:

Transfer/Sharing

Throughout this process our occupational therapists are case managing the return to work process. Case Management includes facilitating communication between the worker, the employer and the medical team to enable smooth progression through the various stages of return-to-work and prompt identification and resolution of any problems that may arise. This processes form part of the disability management.

Studies by Meyer and Hazard, indicating that workers who have participated in work orientated rehabilitation stayed in employment, ensuring that companies can retain their workers’ skills. Results proved that 87% of workers who have participated in work orientated rehabilitation, were still in employment, two years after work return, whereas only 41% of workers are still in employment of those who have not participate in work orientated rehabilitation.

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Workers with persisting difficulties in returning to work, or their normal work duties, following non-specific musculoskeletal  injuries are at risk of permanent disability once these problems last more that 3-6 months. (Waddell and Burton 1999). Medically, they may be considered no different from similary injured workers who have returned to work (e.g. Cohen et al, 2000), and there is usually no evidence-based medical treatment, such as medication, injections or surgery available.

70%

CHANCE OF GETTING BACK TO WORK

20 DAYS

50%

CHANCE OF GETTING BACK TO WORK

45 DAYS

35%

CHANCE OF GETTING BACK TO WORK

70 DAYS