You know how hard you’re working hard to maximize efficiency within your company. And you know how even just one injury claim can disrupt your hard work. The costs of poor productivity and increased insurance premiums can really take it’s toll on your bottom line.
The Repetitive Strain Prevention Program was designed for companies just like yours! Having worked with thousands of workers injured on the job over my 20 year career, I discovered that there were astounding similarities in how injuries started, and what injuries workers were commonly sustaining. All of the repetitive strain injuries were reported to have started gradually and with warning signs that the worker experienced a gradual progression. The 14 most common injuries were:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Back Strain
- Neck Strain
- Wrist/Elbow/Thumb Strain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Shoulder Strain
- Shoulder Impingement
- Scapular Bursitis/”Mouse Shoulder”
- Knee Strain
- Calf Strain
- Ankle Sprain
- Trigger Finger
- Upper Extremity Radiculopathy (tingling/numbness in arm)
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Costs for musculoskeletal injuries (boneandjointburden.org)
- Low back pain affects an estimated 80% of adults at some point during their lives
- 2012-2015 WHO data established that SRDs have become the No. 1 cause of disability in the world
- SRDs (spine-related disorders) are now the No. 3 most costly health condition in the US
- In a given year, 12-14% of American adults will visit a physician due to back pain
- $315 Billion – annual U.S. cost in treatment and lost wages due to back pain
- Just because an employee has arthritis doesn’t mean they will get an injury, but it does mean that they will have to take extra care to avoid an injury. My programs absolutely have the hard working and seasoned employee in mind.
- Low back pain can be prevented. Every patient that has walked through my door has told me they know that you’re supposed to keep your back straight and bend with your knees to lift something. However, 60% of them don’t demonstrate safe lifting mechanics even when concentrating and trying to do so. Also, many patients say their knees hurt or their back hurts even when they follow this advice. That because there is a misconception about “keeping your back straight” when you lift. Your employees must understand it if they are to prevent a back and knee injury. The back does not remain straight to the vertical, it remains arched, and the hips must translate backwards. The knees are bending, but when the hips are back, it takes the pressure off of the knees. It’s shocking to me how many people have the concept right, but have it oh-so-wrong. As part of the initial presentation, I go over this crucial nugget of injury preventing information.
Here’s what else they’ll learn…
Your employees will learn what the common triggers are for injuries that are predominate in their field of work.
They will learn the 3 main warning signs alerting them of any impending injury.
They will learn the 5 best stretches to do daily to avoid an injury.
They will have 24/7 access to professional physical therapy online video programs designed to prevent the 14most common workplace injuries.
They will have access to the illustrated worksheets that coincide with the video programs for quick and easy reference.
They will have a check list for the programs so that they can mark off progress and demonstrate their compliance.
There is an option to have one-on-one individual assessments which is especially important for high risk employees such as ones that have had an injury in the past, ones that are high risk for injury because of age, or anyone that is working overtime.
What Can I Get?
- Online Instructional Videos – Introduce the programs & learn proper technique
- Illustrated Printouts – easy to follow along with (in English & Spanish)
- Exercise Check Lists – the programs take less than 5 minutes and can be performed easily at the job
- Introductory Workshops – Josie will teach the 5 best exercises for prevention of all injuries regardless of job duties. Compliance improves with personal connection.
- One-On-One Assessments at the Job Site – because ergonomics and previous lifting instruction haven’t always been effective.
- 13 workers out of 25 between the ages of 18-65 said that the information I provided in the workshop was new to them. An additional 10 workers said “some info was new/some was old”. 2 workers left it blank.
- 24 out of 25 said the information was “super helpful”. 0/25 chose “somewhat helpful”. 0/25 chose “not very helpful”. and 1/25 left it blank.
- some comments were: “Very helpful, definitely will use.” “Very informative and helpful. Thank you!” “Super great. Thanks!” “A++” “Never knew we can stretch the neck.” “Great presentation. Friendly”. “Very good class.” “Great information! Very helpful.”