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Facility Spotlight on: Industrial Rehabilitation Services at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

To Maximize Workplace Productivity and Safety by Providing Innovative Solutions through Education, Musculo-Skeletal Wellness, Ergonomics and Rehabilitation Interventions.

To be the Premier Provider of Industrial Rehabilitation Services in the Southeast.

Unique and Innovative Services
Our services are provided in traditional clinics and within production environments based on the unique needs of our clients at over 100 companies in the Upstate area. Regional Industrial Rehabilitation services include:
  • Custom presentations on Safety, Postural Awareness, Ergonomics and others
  • Production floor based wellness maintenance and injury prevention programs
    • We work line-side with production associates
      • Preventive recommendations that center on education including: home exercise routine developed from plant based programs, job modifications, wellness and symptom management.
      • Identification and referral of ergonomic ideas to safety.
      • Address associate medical concerns or questions to drive education and wellness.
      • Develop a culture of risk ownership on a personal level.
  • Return to Work placement assistance for restricted
    • Specifically assess permanent and temporary restrictions at the task and critical demand level to ensure a placement within restrictions and facilitate a successful outcome.
  • Functional Job Analysis with ADA-Compliant Job Description (To identify essential functions of the job).
  • Pre-Work/Post-Offer Screen development and testing (Based on validation of the functional job description).
  • Work Conditioning (Based on essential functions)
  • Functional Capacity Evaluation (To determine return to work options and fit-for duty).
  • Injury-Specific Risk Assessment (Office and Industry)
    • To establish causal factors and identify solutions
      • Proactive assessment and development of action items
    • To evaluate claims validity in litigated or questionable cases
      • Full medical and legal case review as compared with ergonomic analysis and reported injury type and mechanism.
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Please plan to join us for our next Upstate District SCAPTA meeting
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

Time: Dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

Location: Relax The Back
Shoppes at Greenridge
1129A Woodruff Road, Greenville

Speaker: Trudy Messer, PT, OCS, RYT, CKTP, CFMT

Topic: Teaching Sleeping to Aid Healing

Sponsor: Relax The Back

Dinner will be served. To help our sponsor prepare, please RSVP to or by Friday, Nov. 7 at 5 p.m.

SCAPTA members will receive a free CEU. We encourage non-members to attend, however, there will be a $10 charge to receive the CEU certificate.

Hope to see you there!

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Nominations open for 2015 APTA Honors and Awards Program
Each year, APTA honors outstanding member achievements in the areas of education, practice and service, publications, research, academic excellence, the Catherine Worthingham Fellows of APTA, the Mary McMillan Lecture and the John H.P. Maley Lecture. Award recipients are recognized in June during a ceremony and reception at the NEXT Conference and Exposition, and this recognition includes highlighting the recipients' component affiliations. Play a significant role in helping your colleagues receive acknowledgement for their achievements by nominating the person or persons you feel are most deserving of an APTA award as well as promoting the awards program in your member communications. The 2015 call for nominations is now open and will close Dec. 1. Visit the Honors and Awards webpage for details about each award, including submission requirements. Nominations must be submitted electronically.

In addition, for the first time, the video of the 2014 Honors and Awards Ceremony is available for viewing on the APTA website. Components' members are identified throughout the ceremony as each recipient's chapter and section memberships are announced.

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Call for nominations
Are you interested in becoming more involved in SCAPTA? Would you like to gain leadership experience in the physical therapy field? SCAPTA is in the process of accepting nominations for the 2015-2016 term. There are multiple positions available, and the deadline to accept nominations is April 10, 2015. If you are interested in learning more about which positions are available, or if you someone who would make a great candidate for a position, please contact a member of the SCAPTA Nominating Committee via the following emails:
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10 ways to apply social tools for an improved patient experience
By Christina Thielst
The pressures and drivers to reduce costs, improve quality, emphasize prevention and increase access are making social media and the underlying technologies more attractive to healthcare leaders. They can be effective and efficient tools for the delivery of communications to targeted individuals and/or populations. As a result, those leaders who recognize that we must change the way care is provided are starting to explore new ways of engaging patients across the continuum of care.
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Stroke victims lose 'crucial functions' because hospitals don't properly rehabilitate them
Medical Daily
Far too often, hospitals are failing to provide the kind of post-stroke therapy that can prevent victims from suffering long-term loss of function, according to a new study in Canada, which looked at 60,000 stroke and mini-stroke cases over two years. After a stroke, the clock starts ticking on a crucial window for treatment that can help people get back to living normal — or at least functional — lives. But of the 40 percent of patients who could benefit, only 16 percent get access to this kind of rehabilitation.
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Preoperative physical therapy decreased need for post acute care services after TJA
Among patients who underwent primary hip or knee arthroplasty, those who participated in preoperative physical therapy had a 29 percent decrease in the use of any post-acute care services, according to study results.
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Physical therapy program helps women regain function after breast cancer surgery
Ahwatukee Foothills News
LaRissa Shaps, physical therapist at Spooner Physical Therapy in Ahwatukee, Phoenix, has dedicated the past seven years toward a breast oncology program that assists her patients with breast cancer to live a more functional life. The program centers on different areas such as tissue mobilization range of motion in the shoulder areas and spine, and swelling of the breast and upper extremities.
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'Prehabilitation' before colon cancer surgery may aid recovery
HealthDay News
Exercising, eating a healthy diet and learning relaxation techniques before colorectal cancer surgery appeared to speed a patient's recovery, a small study found. The study included 38 patients who took part in a "prehabilitation" program and 39 who only did normal rehabilitation after their surgery. The prehabilitation program lasted an average of about 24 days and included: 50 minutes of aerobic and resistance exercises at least three days a week; a personalized nutrition program and whey protein supplementation, and lessons in relaxation methods to help reduce anxiety.
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HHS Secretary announces $840 million initiative to improve patient care and lower costs
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell recently announced an initiative that will fund successful applicants who work directly with medical providers to rethink and redesign their practices, moving from systems driven by quantity of care to ones focused on patients' health outcomes, and coordinated health care systems. These applicants could include group practices, health care systems, medical provider associations and others. This effort will help clinicians develop strategies to share, adapt and further improve the quality of care they provide, while holding down costs.
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