Local Physical Therapy Clinics Undergo Continuing Education to Help Industries Save Time & Money Associated With Workers’ Compensation Cases

For Immediate Release

Contact: Erik Larson, DPT
Spooner Physical Therapy and Rehab Specialists
erik@therapy1.net | 715-635-2518

Spooner/Hayward, WI (October 31, 2013)– The staffs at Spooner and Hayward Physical Therapy and Rehab Specialists (Spooner & Hayward PTRS) recently attended a full-day educational summit on October 30, 2013 to further enhance their industrial specialty services. The education from the summit will allow the clinics to better aid companies in reducing costs associated with worker’s compensation injuries, as well as prevent additional workplace injuries.

Worker’s compensation injuries can be devastating to companies as they require time away from work and large medical costs. According to the Wisconsin State of Laboratory Hygiene, there were 86,000 non-fatal work injuries reporting in Wisconsin in 2011, with 23,150 requiring an average of at least 6 days away from work. Already hosting a thriving industrial program, the staffs attended the educational summit to help local employers reduce these numbers even more.

Alan Bowman, Physical Therapist at the Hayward location, feels the continuing education will greatly benefit local employers. "Our clinics’ ongoing training helps us provide our communities with industry-leading abilities to manage and treat the injured worker. Our goal is to return a patient back to work in a timely, safe and cost effective manner. We use standardized, objective testing to communicate with the doctor, employer and case manager. We also perform work site visits and ergonomic assessments, if appropriate," stated Bowman. As Alan mentioned, Spooner & Hayward PTRS are proud to offer employers services to better identify potential hazards in the workplace to help avoid injuries. This can be of great benefit as studies have shown worker’s compensation costs can decrease up to 75% in companies that offer on-site services through physical therapy.

For those injured on the job, the clinics offer treatment plans that focus on a patient's specific job functions, while offering proactive communication to the employers, adjustors, case managers, and referral sources. The clinics hold a strong unified belief that active communication with all individuals is the foundation for better outcomes and a quicker recovery.

Spooner & Hayward PTRS are locally owned-and-operated physical therapy and sports medicine clinics in the Northwoods Wisconsin. The practices are satellite offices of Rice Lake Physical Therapy and Rehab Specialists, with additional locations in Turtle Lake and Clear Lake. Specializing in sports injuries, industrial medicine, injury prevention education, pre/post operative, and vestibular and balance services, the staffs pride themselves on providing the best quality treatment and care to their patients. For more information, visit www.restoringhumanperformance.com. Photos of the educational summit are available upon request.