Biomechanical Work Restoration Program

 
What Is Functional Restoration?
Functional restoration can be thought of as an outpatient chronic pain intervention. It is designed for use in medically stable, non-surgical candidates who demonstrates a physiological impairment, or dysfunction, that prevents their return to work, attaining full-duty or pre-injury status or reaching maximum medical improvement. 

BioFunction®’s Functional Restoration Program provides for the rapid but careful resumption of function by active mobilization & normalization of injured body areas. It uses job specific work movements, posturing & activities that are controlled through computerized work simulation. It further employs the use of a scientifically engineered system of progressive incremental muscle loading that results in “safe and sustainable” physical restoration either to full duty work capability or to maximum medical improvement.

What Is The Purpose of Functional Restoration?

“The desired end-point in [chronic] pain management is return to function rather than complete or immediate cessation of pain” (ACOEM1; pg. 116).

When Should Functional Restoration Be Considered?
“When there is a delay in return to work or a prolonged period of inactivity, a program of functional restoration can be considered” (ACOEM2; pg. 92)

Does Functional Restoration Work?
“Specific multidisciplinary approaches, such as functional restoration, report return-to-work rates of more than 80% following treatment, with a high percentage of these persons still working after one year.” (ACOEM1; pg. 114)

Candidate Qualification Process
All claimants referred to our Functional Restoration Program will be thoroughly screened to determine if they would be successful candidates for functional restoration.  Upon referral a full-day (8-hour) Functional Restoration Baseline Examination will be conducted consisting of 4 separate tests including:
 
1)      Whole body work simulation to test for functional deficits.

2)      Discomfort factoring analysis to assess the claimant’s perceptions of pain in relation to varying work
         activities, movements and loads.
 
3)      Behavioral factoring to measure if the claimant’s subjective complaints are based on pathology or are being
         influenced by behavioral issues.
 
4)      Intra-data validation & cross-referencing analysis using cognitive distraction testing to measure the
         claimant’s consistency of effort and objective physical performance capability.
 
Upon completion of the examination a comprehensive detailed report is written outlining specific recommendations for successful functional restoration, return to work and/or further medical workup as indicated.
 
Functional Improvement Therapy Modules
BioFunction®’s Functional Improvement Therapy Modules provide targeted injury specific normalization, as well as overall “gross” muscle strength improvement, including specific protocols modules for the following:
  • Upper Arm & Elbow
  • Leg, Ankle & Foot
  • Lower Torso
  • Neck & Shoulder
  • Upper Torso
  • Wrist, Hand & Forearm
More Information
Research Study
 
 
 

Referral Process
To refer a person to our program call or fax us at:

Phone: (408) 228-8400
Fax: (408) 228-8401

Address:
Alliance Occupational Medicine
2737 Walsh Ave
Santa Clara, CA  95051
 

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