Physical Therapy and Rehab Specialists of Hinsdale Studies Functional Testing to Return Patients Back to Work Quickly & Safely; Reduces Lost Time for Employer

Susan Trchka, PT works alongside course instructor Emily Monson, PT to time colleague in a functional test
Susan Trchka, PT works alongside course instructor Emily Monson, PT to time colleague in a functional test
The team at Physical Therapy and Rehab Specialists of Hinsdale (PTRS Hinsdale) recently attended a 2-day educational training on June 20-21 to further enhance their industrial specialty. Following previous coursework in 2012 and 2013, the training focused on functional testing, which will allow the clinic therapists to better assess an injured worker’s physical capabilities and job demands. Proper functional testing integrated into an injured worker’s treatment results in better outcomes with employees being fully fit-for-duty upon return to work.

Recent studies by the National Safety Council determine that the average direct cost of an individual worker’s compensation claim for an employer is approximately $36,551. In the state of Illinois alone, there were 156,100 non-fatal recordable injuries in the workplace in 2011, with 76,000 requiring days away from work, job transfer or job restriction (statistics compiled by the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses). PTRS Hinsdale’s goal is to help employers reduce these costs and lost times by rehabilitating injured workers as quickly and safely as possible.

The staff at PTRS Hinsdale understands that no two injuries are alike. Therefore, they completed the functional testing training to become further educated on how to better individualize a patient’s treatment plan. When incorporated into a plan of care, functional testing allows a therapist to better determine a patient’s current abilities in relation to his or her job demands, as well as create a treatment plan that simulates many of the worker’s daily job tasks. Testing also allows the therapists to assess the injured worker’s productivity, pain levels, safety, and physical tolerances. Regular updates on the patient’s progression and estimated return-to-work timelines based off of this objective data can be easily and proactively communicated to those involved in the case management process.

The family at PTRS Hinsdale is dedicated to providing the best quality services for our community and local employers. They are excited to utilize their knowledge on functional testing to expand upon their already thriving industrial services, and be able to better communicate with employers how they can return injured workers back to employment safely and quickly.


PTRS Hinsdale is a locally owned-and-operated private physical therapy practice located on E. Ogden Avenue. Specializing in orthopeadics, post-operative conditions, industrial rehabilitation, sports medicine, injury prevention education, and women’s health, the staff prides themselves on providing the best quality treatment and care to their patients. If you would like more information, please contact 630-325-2664 or email strchkahinsdale@tds.net.


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