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Case Study 3
A workplace accident occurred resulting in a worker sustaining a fracture
to his tibia and fibula. Post surgery the worker attended physiotherapy and
hydrotherapy with no improvement and had remained unfit for a period of 7
months. The worker was referred to Work Conditioning where he received
treatments in his home due to his incapacity to mobilise. The worker's
first language was Mandarin which was overcome as a barrier through the use
of an interpreter to translate exercise programs and instructions on
technique and improvements.
An initial assessment was conducted where a gait analysis, strength test
and range of movement test was completed. The results of these tests
indicated that the injured worker had significant muscle wastage, altered
gait pattern causing a significant limp and limited range of movement
through his joints on the effected side. The worker had decreased
motivation due to being housebound unless aided by a family member and a
A Work Conditioning program commenced focusing on the strength and
endurance of his leg muscles and correcting his gait pattern. Within the
first week the worker was able to stand unaided which previously he had
been unable to do. Over the course of the following weeks, having two
treatments per week, the worker was able to walk with a walking stick for
long distances and walk unaided with the correct walking technique for up
to 100 metres. The worker's motivation and self esteem boosted during this
time as a result of regaining independence by being able to walk outside
and get the mail from the letter box, something he had been unable to do
since before the accident.
The worker regained enough strength that he returned to work on suitable
duties where his work conditioning treatments continued in the work place.
The worker was able to walk around on site, walk up and down stairs and
complete his suitable duties standing or sitting. Further to his return to
work, the most positive outcome was his ability to regain his independence
and quality of life through the Work Conditioning program.
What the client says:
As the employer, we were genuinely concerned with the wellbeing of our
staff. It didn't seem that he was improving at all, despite interventions
of physiotherapy and hydrotherapy. Once Rehab Options Work Conditioning
came on board, we could see an immediate improvement in the motivation to
return to work. We cannot thank the Work Conditioning team enough for
getting him back to work safely.