For Immediate Release

Mark Smith, PT
Rice Lake Physical Therapy and Rehab Specialists | 715-236-3610

Rice Lake Physical Therapy and Rehab Specialists celebrates 10 year ! anniversary; Clinic undergoes remodeling to better meet patient needs

Rice Lake, WI (August 8, 2013) – Rice Lake Physical Therapy and Rehab Specialists (PTRS) recently attended a two-day educational training on June 19-20 to further enhance their industrial specialty. Following previous coursework on the treatment of the injured worker in March 2013, this new education will allow the clinic to better assess an injured worker’s abilities and job demands through objective and functional testing. By understanding these two items, the therapists are able to create an individualized treatment plan to return the patient back to work more quickly.

Worker’s compensation costs can be devastating to companies. According to the Wisconsin State of Laboratory Hygiene, there were 86,000 non-fatal work injuries reported in Wisconsin in 2011, with 23,150 requiring an average of at least 6 days away from work. The National Safety Council also reports that in 2011, there were 60 million days lost nationally due to workplace injuries. Rice Lake PTRS’ goal is to help employers reduce these lost times.

The staff at Rice Lake PTRS understands that no two injuries are alike. Therefore, they underwent the training to become further educated on how to individualize each patient’s treatment plan. In order to return an employee to work in the most safe, timely and cost effective manner, the therapists at Rice Lake PTRS implement an aggressive work injury program while incorporating functional testing. The testing component allows the therapists to determine a patient’s current abilities in relation to his or her job demands and pain levels, as well as create a treatment plan that simulates the job tasks. This also allows the clinic to provide education and ergonomic training to the patient to avoid future injuries, as well as communicate a patient’s job restrictions, job modifications and return to work abilities to the employer.

Mark Smith, Clinic Director and Physical Therapist is excited to begin implementing this knowledge: “I am really excited to expand upon our industrial specialty services and be able to better communicate with employers on how we can return their injured workers back to employment in a safe and timely manner. Our practice is dedicated to continuing education so we may find additional ways to best meet the needs of all our community members.“

Rice Lake PTRS is a locally owned-and-operated private physical and occupational therapy practice located on W. Knapp Street. Specializing in sports injuries, industrial medicine, injury prevention education, women’s health, orthopedics, vestibular and balance, aquatic therapy, and TMJ Dysfunction services, the staff prides themselves on providing the best quality treatment and care to their patients.

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