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Body Mechanics lifting at Schuylkill Rehabilitation CenterWorkinetics is a return to work program designed for injured persons who are unable to return to performing their job responsibilities effectively. The program is overseen by Occupational Therapists who design work simulation and conditioning tasks to gradually reintroduce activities specifically designed for each individual. In addition to specific job tasks, body mechanics and ergonomic positioning are assessed and incorporated into individualized work performance components. The assistance in the development of light duty responsibilities can be offered to the employer to assist in job conditioning. The therapy staff at Schuylkill Rehabilitation Center work together with the injured worker, employer, physician, and insurance company to develop a team approach. This team approach is to facilitate the injured worker back to work in the most efficient use of time and degree of safety.

Goals of Workinetics:

  • To insure a smooth, rapid, and safe transition into the work force.
  • To develop physical tolerance for work, including flexibility, strength, and endurance.
  • To develop safe job performance to prevent re-injury.
  • To develop and reinforce appropriate work behaviors.
  • To provide data concerning a worker’s physical and psychological tolerances that are essential to the vocational planning process.
  • To determine if tool or job site modifications, ergonomics, or assistive technology will remove barriers to return to work.
  • To promote patient responsibility and self management of injury prevention.

Post-Offer Pre-Employment Screenings

Based on the hiring needs of an employer, Workinetics can aid in the employment process by providing screenings related to a specific job description or function. This test is called a Physical Capability Assessment. The screening results can assist the employer in evaluating whether or not a potential employee can meet the demands for that particular job prior to being hired.

Functional Capacity Evaluations

Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is a systematic process of assessing an individual’s physical capacities and functional abilities. The FCE matches human performance levels to the demands of a specific job or work activity of occupation. The FCE establishes the physical level of work an individual can perform. FCE’s can provide objective information regarding functional work ability in the determination of occupational ability status.

Body Mechanics and Ergonomic Intervention

Proper body mechanics instruction offers a practical way to educate workers in the efficient use of the human body during job tasks. Instruction is aimed at the performance of a worker to increase safety through the application of body leverage techniques. Ergonomic intervention may be assisted to modify the worker, add or adapt tools, equipment, and/or the environment, and to provide training and education. These goals are individualized and based on the type of injury and job task.

Job Site Evaluations

A job site evaluation is a comprehensive detailed analysis of a place of employment. A job site evaluation can be of a specific worksite or of a company in general. A detailed analysis of the required postural, procedural, ergonomic, and biomechanical aspects of the employee at his/her workplace will be conducted. Interviews, pictures, and/or video may be taken with permission in order to fully analyze the job and to identify any risk factors. A comprehensive report is drafted to identify needed physical and /or procedural changes to the work place and to determine further therapeutic goals are required. This information is discussed with the team to develop the appropriate recommendations to facilitate a safe and time efficient return to work.

For information about Workinetics, please contact Schuylkill Rehabilitation Center at (570) 621-9500. For more information on work rehabilitation visite the American Occupational Therapy Association website at