Occupational Health

Occupational-Health

Our Clinic

At FORM Ortho, our Occupational Health clinic specializes in providing workers and their employers with services that promote health and productivity. We serve a variety of industries including manufacturing, construction, transportation, education, healthcare, high-tech, bio-tech, and service industries including fire and safety, financial institutions, and foodservice providers.

Healthy businesses need healthy employees and both are critical to the physical and fiscal well-being of a community and its individual members. Selecting FORM Ortho as your Occupational Health provider for medical surveillance testing or for the treatment of work-related injuries ensures your employees and business are getting the best medical care available in Silicon Valley.

Navigating the administratively complex world of Workers’ Compensation can be challenging for clinicians who do not specialize in the field of Occupational Medicine. Our team’s extensive experience in Occupational Medicine facilitates authorization of care to optimize recovery and minimize time lost from work. Our standardized processes supported by electronic medical record-keeping results in less administrative work for the employee, employer, and carrier. Effective communication with each of these stakeholders increases transparency and minimizes unnecessary delays.

Our team is committed to providing medically appropriate and compassionate care to the injured worker with the expectation that both the employee and employer will do their best to support recovery and a return to full duty as soon as safely possible. Treatment decisions are based on a thorough history including mechanism of injury and prior health, a focused physical exam, and evidence-based medical literature.

In addition to treating injured workers, we are committed to preventing illness, injury, and mishaps. Our clinical team is certified to perform a variety of physical exams including post-offer exams for new hires, drug & alcohol testing, respirator clearances, audiograms, electrocardiograms, travel exams/vaccinations, and commercial driver exams. On-site we have a physical therapy and hand therapy department, digital x-ray, and an open MRI. A variety of surgical specialists work on-site and are typically available to consult emergently on complex cases.

Our Philosophy

At FORM Ortho, our goal is to support injured workers and their employers with continuously excellent case management. One of our strategies is to remain the Primary Treating Physician (PTP) for the duration of the claim or until it no longer benefits recovery or case management. When we consult with a specialist they are assigned the role of Secondary Treating Physician; primary responsibility for care is not transferred to the specialist. This permits FORM Ortho providers to continue case management including the return to work decisions.

We communicate directly with the specialist and incorporate their reports into our own. We continue to see the injured worker for follow-up visits to coordinate overall care and disability management optimally. This permits the consultant to focus on their area of specialization, including surgery, while we continue to provide input on our area of strength: supporting progressive recovery while providing employers and adjusters with timely, structured, and comprehensive progress reports. On rare occasions, a particularly complex case will medically warrant a transfer of care and we work with the adjuster and the specialist to ensure this is accomplished efficiently.

Our ability to provide timely and comprehensive care is facilitated by being located in the Farwell Medical Building which is equipped and staffed for the optimal treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.

In support of our mission, FORM Ortho providers have on-site access to:

FORM Ortho providers also have access to a number of experienced specialists who are leaders in their respective fields including Orthopaedic Surgery of the upper and lower extremities, Podiatric Surgery for the foot & ankle, Neurosurgery for the neck and back injuries, and an Interventional Pain Management Specialist.

Our Approach

Mission

Our mission is to support the health and productivity of all employees by providing the highest quality of occupational medical care consistently.

Vision

Our vision is to be the Bay Area’s premier provider of Occupational Health Services.

Access

  • Immediate care
  • Minimal wait time
  • Medical consulting for your occupational challenges

Communication

  • Detailed patient education about injury and treatment
  • Medical providers available to discuss cases with employers and adjusters

Case Management

  • Stay-at-work philosophy
  • Frequent patient follow-up with timely reports
  • Compliant with Workers’ Compensation regulations and MTUS
  • Specialist care available daily to address emergency cases
  • For most consultations, we remain Primary Treating Physicians

Excellence

  • Respectful care
  • Evidence-based medical treatment and protocols
  • Award-winning providers

Synergy

  • Awareness and understanding of employers’ business needs
  • On-site workplace familiarization tours
  • Team with employee, employer, and adjuster for optimal outcome

State-of-the-Art

  • All-inclusive facility with advanced diagnostic testing
  • Electronic Medical Record system to facilitate case management and reporting
  • Highly evolved and consistent expertise in Occupational Medicine

Our Services

FORM Ortho offers a wide range of occupational health services such as post-offer physical exams, drug screening, surveillance testing for OSHA, and many other medical services to support employers and their employees.

Work-Related Injuries

We are committed to providing medically appropriate and compassionate care to the injured worker. Our medical providers understand the importance of communicating with employers on issues of causation, return to work, and administrative barriers to recovery.
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Physical Exams

We perform physical exams for new hires such as police, firefighter and manufacturing. In addition, we provide recertification exams for commercial drivers, ERT, HazMat, and respirator clearance. Specialized exams such as Fit for Duty are also available.
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Surveillance Testing

Industry-specific components are often added to basic physical exams to address regulatory or safety concerns. Examples include audiograms, spirometry, EKG, treadmills, job-specific physical demands testing, and repetitive motion screening. We also manage exposures to lead, asbestos, or heavy metals.
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Vaccinations

Vaccination

Vaccinations and antibody testing for health care workers or others exposed to bio-hazards are available at FORM Ortho. Examples include Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Influenza, and Varicella. We also provide counseling and prescriptions or immunizations for international business or recreational travel.

Drug and Alcohol Testing

FORM Ortho’s state-of-the-art drug testing bathrooms were designed to ensure that DOT-compliant urine drug testing is reliably performed. DOT, Non-DOT, and company-specific drug testing panels, hair collections, and breath alcohol testing are available.
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Physical Therapy

FORM Ortho’s Physical Therapy Department treats individuals who have injuries, are post-surgical or have other health-related conditions that limit their ability to perform their usual physical activities.
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Contact Us

At FORM Ortho, our goal is to support injured workers and their employers with continuously excellent case management. If you would like more information about our Occupational Health services or if you would like to make an appointment, give us a call at (510) 585-2545.