Most workers experience occupational injuries (either initially or re-occurring) on the job for two reasons:
- the worker was assigned to the wrong job category initially; the individual’s functional capacity was less than the physical demands of the job.
- the injured worker was not properly rehabilitated before returning to work.
Matching the physical capability of the worker to the physical demands of the job will substantially reduce soft tissue injuries. If an injury does occur, it is usually a first aid type of injury.
When a worker is mismatched and suffers an injury on the job, more than likely it is because the worker could not meet the physical demands of the job. If this worker returns to this same job, the injury will keep occurring and be more severe and more costly.
A rehab program that emphasizes sports medicine and whole body reconditioning will minimize the probability of re-injury.