Onsite Physiotherapy …. can you afford not to have it?

Friday, 26th May 2017

In the current cost-sensitive economic climate whilst it may seem hard to justify having a physio working onsite at your business, the question should really be: can you afford not?
In the current cost-sensitive economic climate whilst it may seem hard to justify having a physio working onsite at your business, the question should really be: can you afford not?

In a 3 month period alone when we measured return to work outcomes with a major client we saved them a potential 5543 lost days of rostered work by injured employees.

How did we work this out?

We use evidence based, reliable information. ICD-09 codes (International statistical classification of diseases and health related problems published by the World Health Organisation) provide the average timeframe for complete recovery of an injury allowing the person to return to full pre-injury duties taking into account age, gender, job role (e.g. sedentary vs. heavy role) and workers compensation status. We then compared this data to their actual return to full pre-injury duties (taking into account any rostered days off) after being managed by the onsite physio.

The figures…

  • During the 3 month period we managed 294 new injury cases
  • When we saw the employee within 3 days of the injury we averaged 36 days saved.
  • When seen between 4th and 20th day after the injury we averaged 29 days saved
  • However, when workers were seen more than 45 days after the initial injury, they returned to pre-injury duties 40 days slower than expected
  • 5543 total rostered days were saved
  • 8854 total calendar days were saved
  • At one site alone where we saved 741 rostered days of work, this equated to $372,000 of savings of productivity
  • For every $1.00 invested, our client saw a return of $3.60 on their investment based purely on physiotherapy treatment.

Did you know…
If injured workers are absent from work for just 4 weeks there is only a 70% chance they will return to work. At 9 weeks there is only a 50% chance and at 14 weeks just a 35% chance they will return in full capacity. Therefore it is vitally important that workers are seen and managed appropriately as soon as possible.

Obviously, injury management is a reactive process. An added benefit of having an onsite physio is the range of proactive or preventative services we can offer. These include:

  • Job task analysis
  • Manual task assessments
  • Ergonomic assessments
  • Functional capacity evaluations
  • Manual task training
  • Industrial hygiene
  •  Acute injury training for medics and supervisors

The cost savings are harder to estimate for preventative services, but think about this – according to WorkCover WA statistics, the average cost of a workers compensation injury in WA across all industries is $44,133 (in mining this increases to $73,677). So to prevent just one injury, the savings can be significant!

Further proof better health can result in better business.

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