PTs and PTAs have unique knowledge and skills to lead initiatives to promote a healthy workforce.
APTA supports physical therapist efforts to create, implement, evaluate, and lead new initiatives to introduce population health approaches to transform society. An initial focus in this area is employers, because they are common aggregating points in society for large groups of people.
Among physical therapy's specialties, occupational health and ergonomics is a novel example, which is both increasing in clinical relevance and dissemination by professionals in a range of settings. This relevance can be easily seen by the increasing number of PTs involved in occupational health and ergonomics initiatives worldwide and an increase in demand for improvements in worker health and company productivity.
The following are resources for exploring the roles of PTs in the occupational health setting and how to directly work with employers toward prevention and amelioration of noncommunicable diseases before they become symptomatic, disabling, and costly.
For more information on physical therapists' involvement in the promotion of a healthy and productive workforce, check out APTA Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Occupational Health Special Interest Group.
Apr 9, 2018 / Handouts
Jun 21, 2017 / Position Paper
Sep 20, 2019 / Policies & Bylaws
Mar 1, 2017 / Perspective
Additional Healthy Workforce Promotion Content
Sep 21, 2020 / News
The report, focused on workers' comp recipients, concludes that early physical therapy for LBP improves outcomes and saves money.
Sep 11, 2020 / Article
The profession's attention to population health must include knowledge and promotion of immunization.
Jun 5, 2019 / News
OSHA addresses soft tissue massage.
Jan 10, 2018 / Review
Office workers with neck pain may benefit from workplace-based strengthening exercises, especially those focused on the neck and shoulder.
Aug 14, 2017 / News
Assistive technologies to help individuals in the workplace are developing at a rapid rate, but if the promise of these technologies is to be fully realized then thinking around access, user training, reimbursement, and other barriers needs to catch up.
Aug 11, 2017 / News
APTA is helping PTs and PTAs interested in making that idea a reality for more employers.
Jun 1, 2017 / Feature
As more employers opt for self-funded health plans, a growing number of physical therapists are finding ways to benefit.
Jun 1, 2016 / Column
Should you tap the market? Some points to consider.