PTCS offers consulting services that include ergonomic analysis, education and training. Our consulting services analyze and pinpoints current or potential trouble spots. Whereby identifying the gaps between where you are and where you need to be. We create a plan to make your business more efficient, productive and profitable, whereby offering a comprehensive solution that fits your needs.
Ergonomics is the study of the relationship between a person and how they perform their work in a particular environment (ie. office, industrial setting, etc). In essence, performing a task that biomechanically fits your body, whereby avoiding uncompromised positions, repetitive stress, vibrations and forces on the body that can lead to a potential injury. Ergonomics includes the analysis of workstations, tools, equipment, and job tasks as they relate to the individual performing that specific task. Effective ergonomics involves the scientific and functional analysis of a specific workplace or setting and the implementation or modifications in the tools, equipment used and means to minimize stress on the body. In essence, performing a task done biomechanically correct, that is performed correctly, safely, and uses the least amount of of energy.
Our ergonomic services includes a comprehensive assessment, analysis,
strategic plan and follow up.
On Site Ergonomic Workstation Evaluations
PTCS will meet privately with each individual to assess an individual's workstation,
collecting data. This includes assessing their work tasks, habits, posture alignment,
sustained and repetitive movement patterns, rest periods, equipment adjustability,
lumbar support, arm and wrist support, and red flags that can contribute to
work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD’s), according to OSHA. Devise a
comprehensive solution, that includes a brief write up and physical training.
This approach teaches the client proper posture, effective, simple daily stretches,
integrates wellness and exercise and other effective means, to improve efficiency
whereby reducing the potential for injury.
Industrial On Site Ergonomic Evaluations
Each position comes with its own set of physical requirements and demands. PTCS comes on-site to perform a thorough job demand analysis. The job demand analysis provides valuable information with respect to the optimal way to perform a task, using the least amount of energy. To learn what repetitive stressors are and how to avoid them. PTCS explains the ‘why’ behind normal vs. abnormal movement, teaches how movement dysfunctions occur and effective strategies to help correct and prevent future injuries.
PTCS analyzes the injury risk of each position based on validated standardized risk assessment tools created by the Occupational Safety Health Administration(OSHA). In addition, functional assessment tools are used to reinforce the science behind the movement, prioritizing risk and develop solutions that effectively reduce injuries, improve productivity and quality of work.
PTCS develops a comprehensive plan that includes identifying strengths and most importantly, areas that need to be improved and addressed. These areas that need to be improved or addressed are contributing factors for an employee that potentially can develop into a repetitive strain injury (RSI) or work-related musculoskeletal disorder (WMSD’s). Both of these types of injuries have been shown to contribute to employee injury, lost days of work, increased workers compensation costs and decreased productivity.
Education is the cornerstone behind ergonomics and is the critical starting point for change. PTCS provides a comprehensive plan, which includes not only education, but modification of work or technique, teaching proper body and lifting mechanics, and other additional key elements. These include effective stretches, suggested exercises for strengthening, core and functional strengthening. This organic approach helps the client and the “whole person."
The physical therapist has the education, advanced training and skill set to perform workplace analysis and problem solving for injury prevention and ergonomics programming. PTCS has the expertise in the identification of work-related risks to the neuromuscular system, to identify, design and then implement effective scientific and functional solutions for an individual or group, promoting health, wellness, whereby increasing productivity.
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