Rehabilitation Services

Major trauma often requires major rehabilitation to return the employee to work. Rehabilitation services include:

1. Reconstructive surgery

2. Provision of prostheses

3. Training

4. Special equipment for return-to-work, such as specially equipped vehicles

5. Assistance with activities of daily living, especially important in-head and spinal cord injuries

6. Provision of personal assist devices such as wheelchairs, canes, and crutches

7. Vocational counseling services

8. Psychological counseling services

Coordination of services is just as important in rehabilitation and return to duty as coordination of the trauma treatment. Typically, one physician is responsible for the certification of necessity for the services and the provision of the various components. However, a collegial, committee approach allows input from the various specialty professions involved in the rehabilitative process (49,50).

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