Bridging the Gap between the Workplace and Therapy Clinic: Total Worker Health® Protection and Promotion Programs


Todd Davenport: 0000-0001-5772-7727


Physical Therapy


This course is coordinated by the Occupational Health Special Interest Group (OHSIG) of the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, APTA. The aim is to provide the clinician with essential information to develop an advanced practice in occupational health, consistent with the OHSIG vision of optimizing movement, musculoskeletal health, and work participation from hire to retire. Accordingly, the combined information from the 3 monographs listed below is intended to guide the reader through the understanding and process of providing comprehensive occupational health services benefiting both the employees and employers.

Discussed comprehensively is the role of therapists to assist employers with Total Worker Health® policies, programs, and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness-prevention efforts to advance worker well-being. Course highlights include best practice examples and regulations to optimize design of workplace wellness, functional job analyses, functional employment tests, and entry point care models for the evaluation and management of musculoskeletal injuries, including the use of transitional work or simulated work tasks to promote stay-at-work or return to work after injury or illness.

Total Worker Health® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Use of this mark by the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, APTA, Inc. does not imply endorsement by HHS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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Publisher: Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, LaCrosse, WI