Return to work rehabilitation is essentially that - where an ailment is preventing a person from returning to work. Like most things, it can range from very simple to quite complicated.
The key with Return to work rehabilitation is goal setting and communication. We will:
- discuss and set appropriate goals that meete YOUR needs.
- communicate with your employer, OT, and GP to to ensure that the goals and plans can be supported by everyone involved with your return-to-work.
- support your throughout the process and beyond once you actually do return to work.
David was referred by his occupational therapist for return-to-work rehabilitation. He had a motorbike accident where he ruptured one of his cruciate ligaments of the knee as well as tear of some cartilages about three months prior. The surgeon recommended conservative management (surgery as a last resort), however he was struggling to put the weight on the leg.
He first underwent a reasonably length of education from us to see that majority of his condition has a very good outcome without surgery and there are no reasons for him to be otherwise. Comprehensive exercise programme also began, attending our clinic upto 5 times per week to provide his muscles and body the training they need in order to make corret adaptations to his condition.
We communicated with the OT about gradual return to work (i.e. beginning 4 hours per day and gradually increasing fortnightly) who in turn discussed this with his employer. David returned to 4 hours per day work four weeks after the start of rehabilitation and returned to full time after gradually increasing his hours over another 6 week period.