Physical Therapy is an individualized treatment plan designed allow patients to regain their mobility, stability, strength, coordination, balance, and endurance to return clients to their highest level of function.
At Landmark Occupational Health a physical therapist is training to complete ergonomic evaluations to create proper and effective employment testing requirements to prevent unnecessary injures in the workplace to design a company specific testing protocol for their employees. Employers may request onsite evaluations of the work environment, tools, equipment, and procedures for their employees to provide recommendations to decrease workplace injuries.
Physical Therapy at Landmark Occupational Health works seamlessly with the treating providers to optimize the highest outcome for the employee. Physical Therapy treatment does not only focus on the client’s injury, but prevention education and training for safe material handling techniques.
Landmark Occupational Health Clinic offers Functional Dry Needling! Functional Dry Needling is a treatment intervention using a thin, monofilament needle inserted into a myofascial trigger point to reduce pain and muscle tightness by stimulating a muscle twitch response. A trigger point is taut band of hyperirritable muscle fibers or “muscle knot” and can produce referred pain that can produce discomfort away from the site of injury, often described as radiating pain. Myofascial trigger points can result from a specific injury or overuse which creates difficulty with stretching, activating the affected muscle, and activities involving the affected body part. Functional Dry Needling is used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal injuries producing pain, such as back, buttock, leg, shoulder, arm, and headache pain caused by muscle tension. Research has noted chemical substances are produced within an active trigger point that produce painful inflammation with abnormal electrical activity within the muscle which are normally electrically silent at rest. The scientific research regarding the reason dry needling is effective is unknown; however, studies have found the dysfunctional muscle tissue stimulated with dry needling to elicit a local twitch response may return the muscle to a normal, resting state with appropriate treatment and I have noted clients to demonstrate improvement in mobility, strength, and reduced pain!
The Matheson Functional Capacity Evaluation Program is available at Landmark Occupational Health Clinic by a Doctor of Physical Therapy. A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is a systematic approach designed to identify a client’s capabilities within 20 core Physical Demands of Work to establish a baseline for functional abilities or related to a specific target job. Matheson Functional Capacity Evaluation has strong emphasis on safety, reliability, validity, practicality, and utility. This approach uses a variety of reliability and validity measures to determine reliability of pain and disability reports and physical effort. This program addresses a client’s positional tolerances, mobility, endurance, and safety with material handling. Each participant is assessed on an individualized work simulation as related to baseline physical abilities or a target job demands. The Matheson FCE System is supported by organizations such as the National Institute of Occupational Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Physical Therapy Association, and American Psychological Association.
Paige Torgerson received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of North Dakota in 2016. She focuses on injury prevention and post-accident rehabilitation within occupational health. Paige holds certifications in Kinetacore Functional Dry Needling Level 1, WorkSTEPS, WorkSavers, as well as courses in Advanced Spinal Manual Therapy and fall prevention with attention to post concussive rehabilitation. Paige plans to continue to specialize in Occupational Health and Orthopedic based Physical Therapy with attention to job site analysis, developing job descriptions, designing post-offer employment physical capabilities testing, FCE, and work hardening/conditioning programs.
Treatment conditions not limited to:
Degenerative Disc Disease
Difficulty with walking
Frozen shoulder/Adhesive Capsulitis
Rotator cuff injuries
Tennis and Golfer’s elbow
Thoracic outlet syndrome
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)