We spend a lot of time at work, doing the same thing day in and out, increasing the risk for repetitive injuries. Employee general well being seems to be of increasing interest to employers. As a result, more and more employers are opting into wellness plans and offering incentives for those who participate. Some companies even go as far as to bring wellness to work and allow employees to participate during work time.

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Every job is unique, and so is every worker. The myriad possible variations that exist between worker ability and the demands of the job can often lead to workplace injuries, and can make it difficult to determine whether or not an injured worker can return to work.

In an attempt to close the gap between worker ability and the task at hand, clinicians investigate functional ability by asking questions such as how much can the worker lift? How often? And how high? But unless the clinician knows the details of the job, the patient's objective ability only results in a best-guess as to whether or not the worker can perform the job functions safely and effectively.

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