Ergonomics: Value Added


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Course Description: 3 Hours (.3 CEUs)

Ergonomics injuries account for the largest percentage of Workers’ Compensation injuries. This course will present evidence-based information and strategies to bridge clinical gaps between the Ergonomics (Engineering) and Physical Therapy (musculoskeletal) domains.  This course is designed to increase the clinician’s understanding of ergonomics and ergonomic applications to the clinical treatment model. The course will describe how clinicians may significantly enhance their treatment outcomes by including some basic ergonomics strategies in their treatment regimen.
This course content is not intended for use by any participants outside the scope of their license or regulation.

Course Outline

  • Overview of course
  • Ergonomics
  • Definition and how Ergonomics can add value to your case load and business?
  • History
  • Ergonomics as missing piece to the clinical puzzle.
  • Gap in Physical Therapy curriculum
  • PT solutions vs. Engineering Solutions
  • The bridge linking physical therapy to engineering and industry
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders Data (MSD’s)
  • Prevalence, Impact and Costs (tangible and less-tangible)
  • Evidence supporting the use of Ergonomics
  • Evidence that ergonomic is making a difference.
  • Correlation between ergonomics, quality and performance.
  • Our Story-evidence
  • From out-patient PT to onsite industrial PT and industrial ergonomist
  • Lucrative business opportunities
  • No medical insurance to haggle with
  • The role of ergonomic in the Clinical Decision Model:
  • Value of CDM
  • How to use ergonomics in your CDM
  • Ergonomic Risk factors and examples
  • Most commonly seen MSD’s in the clinic.
  • Case Studies: Application of ergo principles and CDM with our clients.
  • You are the detective. Listen to your patients stories over and over. Ask questions until you find the root cause.
  • Neck
  • Shoulder
  • Back
  • Wrist/Hand
  • Elbow
  • Thumb
  • Ergonomic service delivery challenges
  • Collaborating with other professionals is key
  • The difference in working in your environment (clinic) and the client’s environment
  • List value added by including ergonomics in your practice
  • List of ergonomic resources for you and your client.
  • Summary
  • Course assessment

Course Objectives:

* Define Ergonomics
* Name 2 less-tangible benefits of the application of ergonomics.
* Identify a piece of literature that correlates the application of ergonomics to process, quality, error free- system, ergonomics and human
* Understand how ergonomic can bridge physical therapy and engineering professions
* List 3 standard industrial ergonomic solutions
* List 7 ergonomic risk factors
* List 3 corporate advantages of attention to ergonomic issues during clinic treatment
* List the most common ergonomic MSD’s seen in a clinic setting
* Describe how ergonomics fits into your Clinical Decision Model
* Identify fundamental strategies for applying ergonomics in the clinic to speed recovery and prevent further injury
* List 2 ergonomic service delivery challenges
* List 2 reasons why applying ergonomics in the clinic is value added

Presenters: Kathryn Meeks, PT, DPT, CAE and Suzanne Patenaude, PT, MA, CIE

Dr. Kathryn Meeks is the founder and owner of Optimizing Motion, providing physical therapy and ergonomic services in Northern California. She received her Physical Therapy degree from Indiana University and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of New England. Dr. Meeks also holds a Certification in Ergonomics from the Oxford Institute and has spent 15+ years providing ergonomic services to many companies in Silicon Valley. Her area of most interest in the clinic is mitigating risks by educating her patients in the application of basic ergonomic principles. Kathryn has had extensive McKenzie training and specializes in the quick recovery of cervical and lumbar issues. She enjoys all aspects of industrial ergonomics, from the manufacturing setting to the office setting. She loves to help small businesses in her community with simple cost effective ergonomic solutions. Kathryn is also passionate about assuring the next generation will not be plague with the repetitive type motion injuries of her generation, due to technology, and strives to find ways to accomplish this. She believes it is important for an individual to understand how their body moves in order to attain effective and purposeful movement without risk of injury. She is passionate about helping people and businesses help themselves prevent and recover from injury/discomfort, as well as enriching and improving the health of the community for which she lives and works.

Sue Patenaude, PT MA CIE is currently owner of Patenaude & Associates, Inc. in Morgan Hill, CA. Sue has worked in a variety of orthopedic settings including Rancho Los Amigos in Southern CA and several hospital in and outpatient clinics. In 1983 she established one of the first physical therapy clinics in industry starting at Lockheed Missiles and Space, adding multiple sites at Hewlett Packard, 2 of the largest S.F Bay Area employers at the time. The onsite experience led to unique understandings of the sources and solutions for ergonomics injuries. Standard protocols resulted in extensive treatment visits with limited favorable outcomes. Having opportunities to observe clients work tasks and structure treatment protocols accordingly, significantly reduced ergonomic injury severity and treatment frequency. Success with treatment modifications focusing on body mechanics modifications created requests for work site evaluations, training, equipment consultation and prevention strategies. Since 1983, we have been fortunate to have provided office and non-office ergonomics services for a variety of companies and business units including management of a U.S. wide ergonomics program. As retirement approaches, Sue welcomes the opportunity to share her experiences with clinicians interested in acquiring more ergonomics knowledge.

Target Audience: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants
Instructional Level: Beginner/Intermediate
*Handouts available for downloading/printing to all PTwebucation.com courses.
This course is presented in an online video format with audio lecture for each slide. Approximate length to take the course, including audio lecture, videos and all written material, is 3 hours.


Take Course $49
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