Biomechanical Work Restoration Program Definitions

What Is A Work Capacity Evaluation?

BioFunction®’s Work Capacity Evaluation (WCE) is a whole body physical performance test that matches an employer’s work standard (in any occupation) to an injured worker’s "safe & sustainable", "best-effort", work capabilities using "criterion-based" work simulation & cognitively distracted (blinded) physical strength & endurance testing.

Our WCE objectively separates muscle strength & endurance [work] from pain reactions [subjective complaints], work-related psychosocial overlays [suffering behaviors], and motivational interferences [disengaged, secondary gain, malingering] that lead to unsubstantiated, or often exaggerated, claims of work disability.

All workers are thoroughly evaluated for 8-hour workday capacities using the Laws of Physics, Analytical Mathematics, Industrial Time-Motion Standards (Work Speed & Efficiency), & Complexity Science to ensure an accurate, objective and defensible work capability result.

Following the exam a comprehensive detailed report is written outlining specific recommendations for return to work, and/or Biomechanical Work Restoration should it be needed to correct bonafide biomechanical deficiencies.

Why Use A Work Capacity Evaluation?

Because it provides objective evidence of work "capability" [I CAN], not work "disability" [I CAN’T], while accurately identifying ANY barriers causing delayed recovery.

What Is Biomechanical Work Restoration?

BioFunction®’s Biomechanical Work Restoration (BWR) is a severity-based rehabilitative exercise program that uses rapid, yet safe, muscle strength & endurance mobilization to advance a worker’s deficient biomechanical capabilities to their full duty work levels, or to maximum medical improvement.

Our BWR programs utilize a scientifically engineered system of rapid, yet safe, progressive, incremental muscle loading (under computerized work simulation pacing); along with detailed performance tracking to objectively identify when safe biomechanical thresholds (and/or plateaus) have been reached.

These thresholds objectively signal when a patient is safe to progress to the next biomechanical level or, in the event that a plateau is reached, that maximum biomechanical improvement [clear treatment end-point] has been achieved, and for which further restoration treatment(s) would not be medically necessary, or would not likely be effective.

While not the primary focus of a restoration program, BWR may sometimes be supplemented by short-duration pain coping skills training to improve exercise tolerance and to reduce the overall length of a program.

What Is The Purpose Of Restoration?

The desired end-point of any restoration program is: "the return to function [capability] rather than the complete or immediate cessation of pain" [ACOEM1].

When Should Restoration Be Considered?

"When there is a delay in return to work or a prolonged period of inactivity…" (ACOEM2; pg. 92)

 

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