What started as a physical and occupational therapy group specializing in workers’ compensation treatment has grown into a new breed of company – a healthy workforce company – the region’s foremost injury prevention, rehabilitation and return to work specialists.
In less than 15 years, ARC Physical Therapy+ has redefined the industry by treating the symptoms – plus the causes of employee health problems. We have grown to be the leader in our community, out market and our industry.
Nationally, we are recognized for our leadership, cutting edge technology, standard-setting outcomes and strategies that successfully pair prevention with workers’ compensation services. We save employers money and get patients back to work quickly. Thanks to ARC Physical Therapy+, employers can now understand the true cost of health care and appreciate the value that a strong medical partner can provide.
Though ARC Physical Therapy+ is best known for our extensive expertise treating patients covered by workers’ compensation, we also treat patients injured outside the workplace and covered by group health benefits plans. Whether we’re teaching a patient a series of exercises to prepare them to return to sport, helping a patient recover from knee replacement surgery or easing a patient’s low back pain, our clinicians are the most skilled and our results are the best in the industry.
Good health isn’t just about rehabilitating injuries – it’s about optimizing function. At ARC Physical Therapy+, we treat the cause, not just the symptoms. Our objectives are simple – help patients manage their own healthcare and return to function with greater efficiency in order to lead a happier, healthier, and more productive life.
We help companies save millions each year in workers’ comp by using ARCPT+ for job analysis and functional employment testing to determine whether or not a candidate is physically able to do the job.
We help teach your employees how to manage their own healthcare‚ exercise more and with greater efficiency.
We help employers incentivize a healthier lifestyle for their employees.
Even small business owners can save thousands of dollars in group health insurance premiums and workers’ comp if their employees participate in a successful wellness plan.
Job Analysis is the first and most critical step of a comprehensive injury management program. The job analysis (JA) is the cornerstone for determining the essential functions of the work and for developing testing to determine the physical capabilities of your workforce.
It allows us to identify potential hazards in the work place that could be re-engineered to reduce the risk for injuries.
It provides objective support that can be crucial in answering any ADAAA, EEOC or FMLA claims.
By identifying the essential functions of the job, medical providers are better able to determine if a claimant can return to work following work related injuries or an FMLA leave of absence.
It provides protection to employers in cases of a claim of disability by having the essential functions clearly defined.
Completing the JA project is a tangible example from the leadership to the workforce of your commitment to developing a more safety conscious culture.
It serves as the basis for developing a Post Offer Employment Test as well as preventive exercise programs.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor 1 in every 10 workers is not physically capable of performing the essential functions of their job safely. Can you afford to hire an employee who is at far greater risk of an injury that can drive up your workers’ comp or group health insurance costs?
If your company does not test you run the risk of hiring employees turned down by companies that do test.
ARC Physical Therapy+ is saving companies millions through post offer employment testing, and we have the data to prove it. Through a detailed medical questionnaire, dynamic lifting test, job simulation and a thorough musculoskeletal examination, ARCPT+ will determine a baseline of function for each employee and identify pre-existing conditions. Companies use the baseline data to protect themselves against claims should workplace injuries arise. It’s data you can use to make decisions that can save your company significant money.
ARC Physical Therapy+ Program includes:
• Comprehensive Medical Questionnaire (GINA compliant)
• Musculoskeletal Assessment
• Dynamic lift testing
• Essential Functional Testing
Why do so many people choose ARC Physical Therapy+ when they need physical or hand therapy? Simply, we provide state of the art therapeutic techniques, uniquely motivating patients to achieve success and educate patients about their symptoms and the cause of their injuries.
We can get your employees back to their daily activities faster, pain free and more affordably then other providers. That’s why physicians select ARC Physical Therapy+ over others for their most difficult cases. They know our therapists are the most talented in the region, and doctors know their patients will receive personalized care. Most importantly, doctors know and trust our results!
At ARC Physical Therapy+, we know that a healthy workforce starts with a healthy, ergonomically safe work environment. That’s why employers look to ARCPT+ to assess the workplace, identify potential risks, redefine functional job requirements — all strategies that can significantly lower injury rates, prevent future injuries and impact employers’ direct and indirect costs.
ARCPT+ has developed a robust range of onsite services to help employers streamline inefficiencies and provide direct, cost and time-effective patient care and assessment including:
JOB SITE ANALYSIS:
The cornerstone of our Post Offer Employment Testing and our Wellness programs, the Job Site Analysis, is used to determine the physical requirements to meet the essential functions of the job. The Job Site Analysis is also a useful post-injury tool in determining safe return to work criteria following rehabilitation as well as establishing for comparison with the results of a Functional Capacity Assessment. Often times, even minor changes in the job requirements can significantly reduce the risk of costly future injuries.
A healthy, safe and comfortable work environment will enhance employee job satisfaction, efficiency and overall attitude at work. Our Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialists provide detailed assessment and recommend simple, cost efficient and effective solutions for problems of workplace discomfort and strain.
WORK STATION EVALUATION:
ARC Physical Therapy+ can provide work station analysis as part of our overall Ergonomic Assessment or as a stand alone service module for companies looking to addresses specific components of a job. It is an excellent tool to determine if an injured worker is ready to return to work and can also be utilized with symptomatic employees as an early intervention strategy.
EARLY INTERVENTION/ PREVENTION ASSESSMENTS:
Customized to your worksite, Early Intervention/Prevention Assessment allows us to identify at risk employees often before serious injury occurs. We assess the worksite, recommend and implement strategies to reduce the impact of workplace stress and strain. Early intervention also reduces the number of recordable injuries through employee risk education engagement.
ONSITE PHYSICAL THERAPY & HAND THERAPY:
By providing therapy services at the job site, we are able to eliminate patient travel time to and from the clinic, incorporate the job site in the rehabilitation process and minimize unproductive down time. Our dedicated Onsite Services therapy staff will customize your program to meet your unique needs. ARC Physical Therapy+ uses the same individualized approach to onsite therapy that makes our clinical outcomes so successful.
ARC Physical Therapy+ collaborates with employers and patients to develop a functional return to work program that encompasses all the components of the job. The result — a restriction free return to work and dramatically improved long term outcomes with fewer reported repeat injuries over time. A unique approach to returning your employee to work, we use the job site as the means for rehabilitation. There is no need to develop a job simulation program, the job is the rehabilitation!
ARC Physical Therapy+ develops customized stretching programs based on the specific job requirements of the workplace to provide proactive solutions to reduce injuries on the job.
ARC Physical Therapy+ regularly works with employers to provide in-house physical therapy and occupational therapy clinics staffed by experienced, talented and highly credentialed ARC Physical Therapy+ therapists.
How do you know when a patient is providing their best effort during testing to determine if they are physically capable of safely returning to work? Simple – through XRTS Sincerity of Effort Validity Testing.
Legally-defensible XRTS Testing provides empirical, objective analysis of a patient’s effort. Through a series of distraction-based checks and balances we can determine a patient’s true lifting, gripping and strength measures.
A large, controlled research study reported that XRTS Testing accurately assesses sincerity of effort (or feigned weakness) 99.5% of the time.
Most importantly, accurate assessment of physical ability to return to work translates to lower workers’ compensation payouts.
There are two components of the XRTS test, a Hand Strength Assessment and a Lifting Assessment. Both rely on distraction-based methodology. For example, a patient is tested to see how much force can be produced with each hand using standard testing gauges. The data from repeated measures and the simultaneous testing of both hands is analyzed by applying seven statistically-based criteria and can show if there is excessive variation that might indicate less than sincere effort.
When patients are injured, sometimes physical and occupational therapy is not quite enough to get the patient prepared to go back to work. Think about the professional athlete who’s injured. Does the athlete go back on to the field after three months of rehabilitation without “conditioning” for the game?
Our goal at ARCPT+ is to help patients prepare to return to work. It’s more than determining if can they lift the 50 pound box. With ARCPT+’s STRIVE Work Conditioning Program, we make sure the patient is prepared to lift the 50 pound box for eight hours a day. Sometimes that means strength training, core conditioning or range of motion exercises for support muscles. We provide a customized solution to transition the injured site into working with the rest of the body and add the endurance and strength conditioning modules as needed.
As a result, our patients are less frequently reinjured, because they are better prepared to meet the requirements of their day to day job. Plus, employers get employees back to work safely and many times more quickly after a work-related injury. That translates to significant savings for companies.
As specialists in workers’ compensation injuries and rehabilitation, ARCPT+ has combined the expertise of some of the most recognized leaders in industrial physical therapy, rehabilitation, and sports performance to create the STRIVE Program.
Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs) are used to help determine a patient’s physical capacity and their ability to safely return to work following a work related injury or extended medical leave.
Legally defensible, the ARCPT+ FCE provides a comprehensive and objective assessment to assist physicians and employers in determining a patient’s ability to return to work as well as needed work restrictions.
A typical ARCPT+ FCE measures physical strength, range of motion, stamina and tolerance of functional activities such as pushing, pulling, carrying and lifting, all under the guidance of our highly skilled clinicians. Done correctly, the FCE mitigates the risk for repeat injury.
Following the FCE, ARCPT+ provides a detailed report with conclusions and observations related to the patient’s abilities to help you and your treatment team make the most informed decisions for return to work and disability ratings.
In an era when budgets are more scrutinized than ever before, ARC Physical Therapy+ provides you with outcome data related directly to your healthcare spending. With clear, complete and easy to understand outcomes data and reports you can make more informed strategic decisions to drive your company’s growth and profits.
ARC Physical Therapy+ provides objective, customized patient and group outcome reports for every service in order to:
• Help you and your executive team make well-informed decisions
• Gain a better understanding of the overall health of your workforce
• Provide you with timely insight into potential risks before they arise
OUTCOMES DATA FOR THERAPY PATIENTS:
ARC Physical Therapy+ will provide you and your management team with outcome reports on your employees’ specific diagnoses, including co-morbidity factors and results including:
• Top Diagnoses.
• Total number of patients in each sample group.
• ODG “Best Practice” average number of visits.
• ARC Physical Therapy+ average number of visits
• Average days in treatment.
• Average time between injury and treatment – ARC Physical Therapy+ data collected from 12,000 workers’ comp patients shows that the longer the time between injury and treatment, the longer the treatment time needed.
• Average patient age – we demonstrate your patient trends and partner with you to find solutions.
• Co-morbidities – tracking co-morbidities shows you the direct effect one or more additional disorders may have on the injury. For example, a patient with osteoarthritis, may take longer to recover from a sprain or surgery. Likewise, research shows that smokers take longer to recover from surgery because less oxygen is delivered to injured areas. Less oxygen means slower recuperation. We track each patient’s specific co-morbidities as well as your group’s co-morbidities to give you a solid picture of your ongoing risks, including percentage of patients with more than one risk factor.
It all starts with the ARC therapist, one of the most highly trained clinicians in the region. We work together with your patient, your physician and treatment team to develop a treatment plan and home exercise program specific to your patient’s injury and body. We take into account previous injuries, strengths and weaknesses and goals to create a personalized treatment plan. For example, some patients improve faster with strengthening exercise in our clinics, some do better with aqua therapy in a pool. Regardless, we’ll map out a strategy to help patients:
We can get your patients back to their daily activities faster, pain free and more affordably then other providers. That’s why physicians select ARC Physical Therapy+ over others for their most difficult cases. They know our therapists are the most talented in the region, and doctors know their patients will receive personalized care. Most importantly, doctors know and trust our results!