Optimising work participation after injury or illness

...what is the role of physiotherapists?

Physiotherapists have an important role in screening for risk factors associated with delayed RTW, including injury type, injury history, extended work absence, comorbidities, and adverse psychosocial factors. They are advised to perform an examination of psychosocial factors using reliable and valid tools to identify fear avoidance, psychosocial risk, or readiness for change as a basis for management.

Workers with low risk of delayed RTW should be managed using clinic-based task-specific exercises and work-focused rehabilitation, while those at high risk should be managed with a combination of clinic- and worksite-based interventions. These are the strongest recommendations from a clinical practice guideline (CPG) on the role of physiotherapists in promoting return to work (RTW) after injury or illness, which was published in the Journal of Sports and Orthopaedic Physical Therapy.


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