Industrial Rehabilitation for the Triangle Area

Rehabilitating Injured Workers in Wake County

The Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic’s Industrial Rehabilitation Department at our Edwards Mill Office specializes in rehabilitating injured workers. Our industrial rehabilitation program strives to meet the needs of the injured employee, the employer, the case manager, the insurance carrier, and the physician, with the ultimate goal of returning the injured employee to work as safely and as quickly as possible.

Industrial Rehabilitation Services at Raleigh Orthopaedic

We offer a variety of industrial therapy and rehabilitation services to restore function, improve productivity, and reduce overall costs. Apart from treatment plans, we also provide patient education, customized plans for physical therapy care, and suggestions for preventative treatments that can help our patients avoid additional problems in the future.

Functional Capacity Evaluations
Work Conditioning
Man with Orthopedic Cast at Work

Promoting Employee Wellness

Whether you’re looking to prevent injuries at your worksite or need support with helping an employee recover from an injury, our team offers multiple options to help yours.

Research shows that employee wellness programs help to reduce workers’ compensation costs, decrease employee turnover, and increase productivity. Raleigh Orthopaedic offers a variety of injury prevention programs that can be tailored to your company’s needs. Programs may incorporate “real work” situations, ensuring that instruction is job-specific and meaningful to your employees.

  • Body Mechanics
  • Posture
  • Stretching
  • Back Safety

How Our Industrial Rehabilitation Programs Help Workers in the Triangle

Ergonomic Evaluations See Full Details

Research shows that ergonomic evaluations reduce work injuries, as well as the frequency of workers’ compensation claims. In addition, some companies may qualify for a discount on their insurance premiums.

Raleigh Orthopaedic offers on-site evaluations that consist of an assessment of the individual’s posture and body mechanics at their workstation and while performing their job tasks, an assessment of desk/computer and office layout, lighting and preventative stretching, and postural exercises.

Job Site Analysis See Full Details

Raleigh Orthopaedic provides on-site evaluations that analyze the employee’s job demands and identify the physical activities required for each job task. Analyses are important for injured employees deciding to return to work.

The following job functions may be analyzed during the assessment:

  • Push/pull force measurement
  • Lifting measurement (including weights and heights)
  • Positional tolerances assessment (bending, squatting, standing, walking, reaching, etc.)

Following the analysis, a detailed report will be provided – including a general description of the job, essential and non-essential functions, information on the working environment, and specifications of the job demands. Additional recommendations for job modifications and ergonomic/safety changes may also be made. A job analysis report allows rehabilitation goals to be specific to the job and guide the decision to return to work. It also allows for post-offer testing (to make sure that individuals who are hired can safely perform the physical demands of the job) and Fit for Duty Testing (to make sure that injured workers are ready to return to their jobs safely).

Return to Work Testing See Full Details

Raleigh Orthopaedic offers Return to Work Testing, a type of Fit for Duty evaluation to determine if your employee who has been off work due to work or non-work-related injury can return to work safely. The evaluation is conducted to determine if/when the employee can safely perform the physical demands of the job, including repetitive activities, material handling, and job-specific actions. The test is shorter in length (1 hour versus 4 hours) and less costly than an FCE (Functional Capacity Evaluation).

Functional Capacity Evaluation See Full Details

Raleigh Orthopaedic offers a comprehensive series of performance-based tests that help objectively measure an injured worker’s safe physical capabilities. The test is typically performed upon completion of treatment to determine return to work readiness. The tests gauge:

  • Validity
  • Reliability
  • Effort levels
Work Conditioning See Full Details

Raleigh Orthopaedic offers a comprehensive work conditioning program that focuses on returning people to their pre-injury position. The program includes simulations that mirror the critical work demands, tasks, and environment of the job the worker will return to. In addition, patients learn about proper body mechanics, work pacing, safety, and injury prevention.

WorkSTEPS See Full Details

Raleigh Orthopaedic Industrial Rehabilitation Specialists use WorkSTEPS, a nationally recognized, reliable program that is also a medically and legally defensible employment testing program. This program effectively reduces workplace injury incidence/cost and offers a variety of testing protocols.

For more information about the industrial therapy and rehabilitation services we offer, please contact our Industrial Therapy Department at (919) 863-6900 or by email

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