Customized programs to manage work injury risks

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Through our WorkStrategies® Program, we partner with employers, case managers, payers and insurers. Our proven, comprehensive approach focuses on three key areas of work injuries and workers’ compensation:

  • Reducing the number of injuries that occur on your job site
  • Providing effective treatments for employees who are injured, including physical and occupational therapy
  • Returning employees to work faster 

Our vast experience and presence throughout the United States translates to solutions for employers of all sizes, from local and regional operations to large national organizations. Find your nearest NovaCare Rehabilitation location.

Our continuum of care

Our continuum of care allows us to provide the services you need and expect, protecting employers and employees during every step of the process:

Industry specific services

Some industries require solutions designed for their unique injury risks and concerns. In addition to our general injury prevention and treatment programs, we offer customized services for two key types of employees:

  • Firefighters, first responders and emergency medical services (EMS) workers
  • Skilled nursing and residential care workers


WorkStrategies services

  • OnSite™ programs are designed to provide employers with the following benefits: 

    • A comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach
    • that is customized to the employer's specific needs and goals 
    • Proactive injury prevention and management Identification of high-risk activities 
    • Education of management and employees 
    • A constant focus on ongoing communication and successful case resolution 
    • Testing of new hire physical capacities of essential functions
    • Progressive management of musculoskeletal injuries 

    The goal is to reduce injuries, claims and costs for the employer with the end result being increased performance, productivity and profits. 
    For more information on our OnSite programs, please click here.


  • The least costly injury is the one that never occurs. Post-offer employment testing (POET)  determines whether an individual is physically capable of performing a specific job to proactively minimize the risk of injury. POETs are based on valid job descriptions and customized to the job being tested.

    POET components:

    • Complies with all federal legislations
    • Ensures workers are place in jobs they are capable of performing
    • Reduces injuries and associated costs

    For more information on POET, please click here.

  • When injured workers meet established physical therapy goals but are unable to return to work due to remaining functional deficits or deconditioning, a work hardening or work conditioning program may help. These full body intensive conditioning programs focus on work simulation activities to get injured employees back to work.

    Work Hardening: A highly structured, goal-oriented, individualized intervention program. Addresses the issues of productivity, safety, physical tolerances and worker behaviors.

    Work Conditioning: Intensive, goal-oriented conditioning program designed to restore strength, power, endurance, joint mobility, range of motion, motor control, cardiovascular endurance and functional abilities. The goal is to restore physical capacity and function to enable the injured worker to return to his or her pre-injury job.

    For more information on work hardening and work conditioning, please click here.

  • Preventing an injury or reducing the severity of an injury are key components to workplace safety. Designed to be integrated into the safety culture of a company, we work closely with safety professionals to identify potential risks for injury that may occur and tailor educational programs to promote a safe working environment.

    Prevention programs include:

    • Early intervention services to reduce severity of injuries before they become OSHA recordable
    • Ergonomic evaluations to ensure office workspace safety
    • Employee education for on-the-job stretching and wellness strategies
    • Onsite services to capture all injury prevention services on location with the employers

    For more information on our injury prevention and ergonomics programs, please click here.

  • Safe and quick return to work is critical. Through center-based or onsite physical therapy, injured workers progress through therapeutic interventions that include job-related and injury-specific activities. This ensures the worker returns to work capable of performing required  or similar tasks.

    Features include:

    • Partnership approach for injured works, health care team members and employers
    • Job simulation models for clinical advancement and early return to work
    • Acute/sub-acute physical therapy and occupational therapy
    • Work conditioning/work hardening
    • Comprehensive testing: functional capacity evaluations and functional baseline testing
    • Job site analysis
    • Ongoing utilization management through electronic, peer-to-peer, real time review

    For more information on customized return-to-work, please click here.

  • We partner with a wide variety of industries to ensure worker safety, minimize the risk of injury and reduce workers’ compensation costs. Industries include:

    • Fire department and first responder services
    • Health care facilities
    • Airline providers
    • Warehouse management
    • Grocery and food distribution
    • Casino and gaming
    • Construction
    • Meat packing
    • Restaurants
    • Municipalities
    • Trucking
    • School, college and universities
  • Functional capacity evaluations (FCE) provide a comprehensive evaluation that measures an individual’s strength, endurance, physical demand work level and positional tolerance. The data gathered objectively defines the injured employee's physical capabilities.

    The FCE is an important tool used to assist employers, physicians, insurance companies, attorneys, case managers and vocational consultants to determine safe, functional levels for an individual to either return to work or establish functional ability.

    The WorkStrategies FCE features:

    • Standardized functional testing protocols
    • Peer review research
    • National network
    • Certified FCE evaluators
    • Quality assurance monitoring

    For more information on the FCE, please click here.

Provide safety and peace of mind for your organization