Work resumption after occupational osteoarticular injury: interdisciplinary protocol and case record

Fabrizio Scafa
2013 Prevention & Research  
work accidents are frequent and disabling. They often involve the locomotor apparatus, requiring complex treatment and rehabilitation. Return to work is a main goal of the rehabilitative program. Objectives: we describe an interdisciplinary protocol for work resumption after serious occupational osteoarticular injury and subsequent rehabilitation. The outcomes obtained over two years are presented. Materials and Methods: between 2010 and 2011, 159 injured patients (55 females, 104 males), aged
more » ... etween 19 and 75 years (average 44.8), were examined by the physiatrist and the occupational physician, to establish their functional capabilities and task features. The frequency, timing and modalities of work resumption were evaluated by telephonic follow-up, at 6 and 12 months after rehabilitation. Statistical analysis was performed with the Wilcoxon signed-rank test (means comparison), or the Chi-square test (frequencies comparison). Results: the majority (66.7%) of the sample were manual workers, with moderate or heavy tasks. A fraction (8.8%) were healthcare operators. Injuries involved one or more of the following: upper limb 93
doi:10.11138/pr/2013.2.3.094 fatcat:bosvym5fkzb7pleswr6wrto4cq