Work-Related Injuries

At FORM Ortho, we take a comprehensive and highly personalized approach to handling work-related injuries. As specialists in the field of Occupational Health, we take pride in what we do and offer your employees the care they deserve.

All evaluations begin with a thorough history and exam to determine the diagnosis, causation, and potential barriers to recovery. Through honest and respectful dialogue we create a therapeutic relationship with our patients. We spend a significant amount of time educating the employee about their injury and the anticipated treatment. We answer relevant questions. These efforts ultimately improve treatment compliance and rate of recovery.

Communicating frequently and clearly with the employer and insurance carrier improves coordination and case management. This approach to managing injury treatment results in optimal medical outcomes for the injured worker and the most cost-effective results for the employer.

At FORM Ortho our philosophy of providing treatment based on accepted medical guidelines results in most minor injuries being treated as OSHA non-recordable. If the severity of the injury or the demands of regular duty requires work restrictions — typically to prevent further injury or avoid creating an unsafe work environment — we partner with employers to find safe and productive alternatives to usual duty. Ultimately, we use a Sports Medicine approach by engaging the patient in an aggressive treatment program with the expectation that the injured worker will actively participate in his or her own recovery.

Our facility offers our providers a broad spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic options to expedite care and recovery. Our clinic has access to hand therapy, an on-site pharmacy, medical supplies, digital X-ray, open MRI, laboratory with drug testing, surgical suite, and a variety of specialists. Using evidence-based treatment guidelines, efficient authorization processes, and the close proximity of these services in one building enables us to manage your employees’ medical treatments conveniently and efficiently.

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 facilitates authorization of care to optimize recovery and minimize time lost from work. Our electronic medical record-keeping results in less administrative work for employers and carriers. Effective communication with each of these stakeholders minimizes administrative delays. Our ability to use multiple on-site treatment resources appropriately minimizes the time spent coordinating care and then traveling between physically separate facilities.

Commonly Treated Work-Related Injuries or Illnesses

  • Lacerations
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Simple Fractures
  • Repetitive Motion Injuries
  • Chemical Exposures
  • Bloodborne Pathogen
  • Infectious Disease Exposures

All referrals for treatment include Evidence-Based Causation Analysis and a provider call during or after the initial visit. Providers remain available to employers and carriers for telephone updates.

Post-accident drug and alcohol testing are available during the initial visit.

What are the typical symptoms of work-related injuries?

If you are injured on the job, you may not feel pain until hours or days later. Typical injury symptoms are sharp pain, swelling, bruising and tenderness, particularly as a result of a fall, collision or repetitive strain.

Even if an injury doesn’t hurt at first, it can cause chronic pain if left untreated. Whether you feel pain immediately or days later, FORM Ortho can help you with your injury.

What complications can arise if work-related injuries are left untreated? 

Fractures or broken bones require immediate medical attention for pain relief and to avoid permanent damage or disability. Lacerations, as well, require immediate treatment as open wounds can lead to infections and/or permanent damage to deeper layers of the body.

Work-Related Injuries Treated at FORM Ortho

If you have a work-related injury, make an appointment with our Occupational Health Clinic. You can request an appointment online or call us at (510)-585-2545.