Imagine a world in which everyone is two feet taller than you, and you spend your day gazing up to see their faces. Now imagine your delight if you were suddenly tall enough to look at them and speak to them, face to face.
For an injured worker who has lost the ability to stand and walk, there is an amazing psychological and emotional gratification if they can regain the ability to stand upright and look people in the eye, even if only for a while. Now, medical devices, technology and new approaches to clinical care, claims strategies and collaboration with employers are making this dream a reality. In fact, breakthroughs in workers' compensation rehabilitation are driving this transformation.
Besides the clinical benefits along with the psychological thrill of being able to stand again, the ability to literally get back on their feet brings a host of benefits to both the employee and the employer:
- Greater engagement in the workplace
- Fewer physical accommodations are needed on the job
- Everything - from restrooms to the company kitchen - is more accessible
- Better health for the long term due to being more active and fit
- Independence and improved self esteem
- Reduced employee stress associated in addressing their colleague