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Published on February 28, 2007

KishHealth System Therapists Attend Work System Conference

Febuary 28, 2007

KishHealth System therapists Dennis Nink, Mike Andrews, and Deanne Blanco, recently attended the Isernhagen Work Systems conference to assist in the goal of a standard evaluation tool for pre-work and post-injury assessments.

Nink is a physical therapist for Kishwaukee Corporate Health, DeKalb. Andrews, physical therapist, and Blanco, occupational and certified hand therapist, are with Unlimited Performance Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, Sycamore.

The conference, attended by a number of therapists from the region, was sponsored by Kishwaukee Corporate Health and Unlimited Performance at the UP facility in Sycamore.

The Isernhagen Work Systems program is based on the kinesiophysical method, a “functional philosophy” that matches workers’ abilities with physical job requirements.

When practicing this method, functional evaluation, work rehabilitation, pre-work screening and cumulative trauma programs will evolve naturally and prove highly effective.

Nink, with over 20 years of industrial experience, said the information is helping

Kishwaukee Corporate Health improve pre- and post-injury services.
“Our therapists learned about a more comprehensive and consistent system-wide approach to pre-work screenings, job analysis and functional capacity evaluations,” he said.

Kishwaukee Corporate Health partners with area employers to reduce injuries, facilitate early return to work, and improve the health of their workforce, with a goal of decreasing workers’ compensation, lost time and health insurance costs.

Unlimited Performance, a department of Kishwaukee Community Hospital, provides physical, occupational and massage therapy services to DeKalb County and surrounding communities.

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