At Northwest Return to Work (NWRTW) we believe occupational roles are essential to a productive life, and we do our very best to provide comprehensive resources in a genuine spirit of caring. To help our clients achieve their best functional capacity as they transition back into the role of worker.
NWRTW is the leading provider of comprehensive and objective work-related rehabilitation and evaluation services in Washington State and provides the following services.
Work Conditioning is a structured therapy program that focuses on improving a worker’s strength, endurance, and body mechanics. The goal is to assist a worker in returning to his or her job with minimal functional restrictions.
Work Hardening is a more intensive structured therapy program in which the physical activities of a specific job are simulated to prepare a worker to return to a predetermined occupation.
Physical therapy is a medical rehabilitation practice in which your therapist will assess and diagnose physical and functional impairments, create an individualized treatment plan to address your limitations, and encourage safe physical activity to restore your prior level of function before your work injury occurred.
When a person is injured at work, they may find themselves unable to perform certain daily activities or job duties as they were once able to. Occupational therapists assist in restoring and maximizing these functional capacities, utilizing activity analysis to identify barriers to participating in job-related tasks.
Our Structured Intensive Multidisciplinary Pain Program (SIMP) utilizes outpatient treatment that is integrated, comprehensive, and evidence-based to help workers with non-malignant chronic pain return to work.
Our Brain Injury Rehabilitation Therapy (BIRT) utilizes outpatient treatment that is integrated, comprehensive, and evidence-based to help workers with brain injuries return to work.
Chiropractic care is a proven safe and effective form of treatment shown to restore lost motion and function in injured workers suffering from musculoskeletal injuries and occupational impairments. Chiropractic care provides not only treatment for post-injury but also provides claims management, claim opening, and referrals for diagnostic imaging.
A work injury physician or occupational care physician is a WA-licensed healthcare professional, who acts as an attending physician in occupational healthcare for WA Labor and Industry (LNI).
Work injury physicians are responsible for the practical management and overall planning, coordination, and monitoring of the treatment implementation and effectiveness in occupational rehabilitation following a work-related injury.
At NWRTW, in addition to participating in our pain management program, our physicians are also able to evaluate and comprehensively manage an injured worker’s health and work ability.
Our physicians work together with the injured worker, occupational health care personnel, and in co-operation with LNI representatives, vocational counselors, legal representatives, and workplace representatives—for the good of employees’ health and safety.
Our physicians understand that guiding our clients through the injured worker’s journey as efficiently as possible will prompt the restoration of not only their role as a worker but will also help stabilize their other life roles and help prevent the development of long-term disability.
Our driving simulator utilizes the most immersive work injury rehab technology in the Pacific Northwest. Using high-quality graphics, and 3D sound with high-fidelity motion, clients receive an ideal simulated driving experience in a real car cockpit environment.
An “FCE” is an evaluation consisting of an interview, physical screen, assessment tools, and work-related assessment activities.
An FCE is typically used to provide the best available measure of a client’s ability to meet the physical requirements of predetermined vocational goals (JOI, TSJ, retraining). This assessment is also utilized to test for baseline abilities prior to formal planning or as a determiner of a client’s ability to work “any occupation.”
For more information on the steps to take if you’ve been injured on the job, visit our website at NWRTW/gethelp
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