For Immediate Release

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

Brett Jensen, ATC/L of Rice Lake Physical Therapy and Rehab Specialists Studies Functional Testing to Return Patients Back to Work Quickly & Safely; Reduces Lost Time for Employers

Rice Lake, WI (June 23, 2014) – The newest member and Athletic Trainer at Rice Lake Physical Therapy and Rehab Specialists (RPTRS), Brett Jensen, ATC/L, recently attended a 2-day educational training on June 19-20 to align his knowledge with the practice’s industrial specialty. The training focused on how to properly manage the treatment of the injured worker, as well as functional testing, which will allow Brett to better assess an injured worker’s physical capabilities and job demands. Proper functional testing integrated into an injured worker’s treatment results in better outcomes with employees being fully fit-for-duty upon return to work.

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Recent studies by the National Safety Council determine that the average direct cost of an individual worker’s compensation claim for an employer is approximately $36,551. In the state of Wisconsin alone, there were 86,000 non-fatal work injuries in 2011, with 23,150 requiring an average of at least 6 days away from work (statistics compiled by the Wisconsin State of Laboratory Hygiene). RPTRS’ goal is to help employers reduce these costs and lost times by rehabilitating injured workers as quickly and safely as possible.

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Like the entire staff at RPTRS, Brett understands that no two injuries are alike. Therefore, he completed the functional testing training to become further educated on how to better individualize a patient’s treatment plan. When incorporated into a plan of care, functional testing allows a provider to better determine a patient’s current abilities in relation to his or her job demands, as well as create a treatment plan that simulates many of the worker’s daily job tasks. Testing also allows the rehabilitation providers to assess the injured worker’s productivity, pain levels, safety, and physical tolerances. Regular updates on the patient’s progression and estimated return-to-work timelines based off of this objective data can be easily and proactively communicated to those involved in the case management process.

The family at RPTRS is dedicated to providing the best quality services for our community and local employers. Brett is excited to utilize his knowledge on functional testing to expand upon the practice’s already thriving industrial services, and be able to better communicate with employers how they can return injured workers back to employment safely and quickly.

Rice Lake PTRS is a locally owned-and-operated private physical therapy practice located on W. Knapp Street specializing in sports injuries, industrial medicine, injury prevention education, orthopedics, vestibular and balance, aquatic therapy, and TMJ Dysfunction services. If you would like more information about this topic please contact 715-236-3610 or e-mail

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