Do Your Return-to-Work Durations “Measure Up”?

With millions of dollars at stake, employers, insurers and third-party administrators carefully track return-to-work durations (the length of time employees are absent due to short-term disability, long-term disability, workers’ compensation and FMLA). But simply tracking those numbers isn’t enough. How can your organization use its data to know whether you’re doing all you can to … Continued

Comorbid Conditions Mean More Time Off the Job

Why do some employees take much longer to recover than predicted by the average return-to-work duration for their conditions? There are many reasons why this can happen, but one of the most important to look at is the existence of comorbid conditions.  Comorbid conditions are other existing medical factors that can greatly extend the time … Continued

Chronic Pain and Return to Work

The August/September issue of Case in Point Magazine ran an excellent article by Mary Harris on how to identify and manage the variables of chronic pain in return-to-work situations. In her article, Ms. Harris talks about the role that fear, depression and anxiety often play in making it harder for employees with chronic pain to … Continued

Workplace Injury of the Week: Rotator Cuff Tear

If you know a lot of tennis or baseball players, you probably know someone who’s torn their rotator cuff. Rotator cuff tears also are common in those who perform overhead work (e.g., warehouse workers, laborers, carpenters, painters, construction workers). Men are twice as likely as women to sustain them, mostly because more men work in … Continued