Injury Prevention Program

We provide hands-on care from an Injury Prevention Specialist (IPS) and Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC). Avoid repetitive work injuries with virtual or in-person assessments of workstation ergonomics and training on behavior modification. When needed, we provide hands-on care with active release techniques, Acuscope, and trigger point therapy. 

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Ergonomic Assessments

Assessments look at factors such as posture, body positioning, repetitive movements, and other ergonomic risk factors. Based on the findings of the assessment, recommendations are made to improve the ergonomics of the workplace and reduce the risk of injuries. This may involve ergonomic furniture, ergonomic training, or changes to workstation design.

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Repetitive Injury Prevention (RIP)

A variety of occupational health services are available to help employees stay healthy and safe while on the job. One important service is repetitive injury prevention (RIP). This type of program is designed to help workers who are at risk for repetitive injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or back problems. The RIP program may involve education about proper ergonomics, stretching exercises, and changes to the work environment.

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Injury Prevention Specialist (IPS)

Our Injury Prevention Specialists (IPSs) are Certified Athletic Trainers that use the Sports Medicine Model of care predicated on prevention and early intervention. 

Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs) are allied medical professionals who work with industrial athletes to prevent, evaluate, and treat musculoskeletal disorders to keep their athletes in the game. Early intervention is key in resolving symptoms before they become an injury.

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The Acuscope is a FDA approved medical instrument that applies low voltage micro-currents to reduce pain by stimulating the nervous system of the body. It detects the abnormal electrical tissue responses and adjust its own response to produce a balancing effect. In bio-electrical technology, this is the most effective and advanced approach to accelerating the healing process and rehabilitation therapy.

Injury Prevention Specialists are medically trained to evaluate acute and chronic symptoms of discomfort. The purpose of an evaluation is to find the root cause of the discomfort and prevent escalation of symptoms. An evaluation will often include postural assessment, palpation, range of motion, strength testing, and special tests assessing specific muscle/tendon/ligament integrity.

Injury Prevention Specialists are trained in several hands-on manual techniques designed to reduce musculoskeletal dysfunction and restore balance in the body. Techniques include muscle energy, active release, myokinesthetic system, active assisted range of motion, myofascial release, and Graston techniques. ATC’s also use a variety of taping or bracing techniques and may use ice or heat as part of their interventions.

The purpose of body mechanics and posture education is to correct any negative effects of the posture and movements we use through out the day. Postural education can correct develop muscle imbalances which can lead to pain or injury that result from repetitive tasks.

Micro breaks are short (10 seconds to a few minutes) breaks performed throughout the workday to combat the effects of fatigue. They are usually include stretching of frequently used muscles and activation of underutilized muscle groups. Micro breaks can be developed for general wellness or for specific tasks/jobs.

Dynamic warm-ups work by actively contracting your muscles to move your joints through their full range of motion. It aims to increase blood flow to increase muscle temperature, functional range of motion, and to prepare the entire body for activity.

Self-care strategies are individual techniques aimed at reducing the effects of mental and physical fatigue. Self-care can decrease stress and promote relaxation, reduce pain and muscle soreness, improve circulation and speed of healing, and lower blood pressure and heart rate. It may include a variety of modalities including but not limited to massage using a Theracane, lacrosse ball, or foam roller, stretches, exercises, micro-breaks, dynamic warm-ups, or meditation.

Wellness education and initiatives are a way to encourage employees to adopt healthier habits by doing small things that can improve their overall well-being. Topics are typically informative and can include a fun and simple challenge. Topics may include posture, lifting mechanics, hydration, movement/step challenges, hypertension, stretching techniques, meditation and breathing techniques, etc.

The nature of many careers in public safety requires a high level of fitness. While most workers are very well versed in cardio and weight lifting, few focus on corrective exercises. Corrective Exercise is used to help assess and determine the root cause of imbalances and faulty movement patterns that can lead to injuries. Progressive corrective exercises aim to create balance within the body to improve overall movement quality during workouts and activities of daily living.

Ergonomic assessments can be performed for overall wellness or focused on specific job tasks. Ergonomic assessments identify engineering or administrative control interventions that create a safer work environment. Athletic Trainers also analyze proper posture, seat position, seatbelt attachment, loads of required safety equipment and attire, and proper lifting techniques for police officers.

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