RMS Network Clinics Educate Employers on Back Injuries

Physical Therapy and Rehab Specialists Collaborates with Interventional Pain Specialists of Wisconsin to Educate Employers on Back Injuries in the Workplace

Rice Lake, WI (June 4, 2014) – According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, back pain affects an estimated 86% of people at some point in their lives. In fact, 185,270 days were lost in the workplace in 2010 due to back injuries (National Safety Council). To help employers understand the common reasons for back pain, as well as how to return injured workers back to employment safely and quickly, Physical Therapy and Rehab Specialists was excited to collaborate with Interventional Pain Specialists of Wisconsin (IPSW) and host “The Conservative Treatment of the Spine for the Industrial Athlete” on May 16, 2014.

The half-day educational seminar held at the Turtleback Golf Club offered education on the risk factors that lead to common back injuries, signs and symptom recognition, the essential communication tools for optimal case management of an injured worker, and preventive programs that can reduce worker’s compensation claims. Speakers included Emily Monson, PT of Clear Lake PTRS, and John K. Brendel, MD and Carol Matthys, RN, APNP of IPSW.

In addition, the speakers discussed how their offices work seamlessly together to help injured workers get back to their original functional status. “[We] really believe that this is a team project,” stated Brendel during his portion of the presentation. After a diagnosis has been determined by Brendel’s and Matthys’ team, the providers at PTRS focus on job-task simulation in the clinic so patients can return back to their job at full functional capacity.

As many employers are aware, worker’s compensation claims can be devastating. “Huge dollars are spent every year on worker’s compensation claims….it can be endless expenses for the work comp patient,” stated Monson. That’s why PTRS also offers several preventive programs for employers to help conserve costs including early signs and symptom recognition services, ergonomic education programs and post-offer pre-employment testing.

The presentations ended with a networking session and happy hour. Anyone who was unable to attend the event but is interested in learning how to reduce their worker’s compensation costs and OSHA recordable rate is encouraged to contact PTRS at 715-236-3610 or IPSW at 715-234-7246.

PTRS is a network of locally owned-and-operated physical therapy practices in Rice Lake, Turtle Lake, Clear Lake, Hayward & Spooner, and specializes in industrial medicine, sports injuries, injury prevention, orthopedics, and more. IPSW serves the Rice Lake, Hudson, Amery & Hayward communities and specializes in the treatment of chronic pain. For more information, visitwww.restoringhumanperformance.com or www.painspecialistsofwi.com.

RMS COO Connie Ziccarelli Launches Blog

Those of us in private practice fight for the consumer’s healthcare dollar each and every day. While striving to stand apart from the larger hospital systems and our competition, we can sometimes feel bogged down by rules and regulations, and a lack of recognition for our hard work. That’s why RMS’ Co-Founder, Principal & COO Connie Ziccarelli decided it was time to begin writing her own blog.

As Connie works day-in-and-out managing and growing a network of private physical and occupational therapy practices, she understands the struggles and challenges of private practice. To share her thoughts and experiences with others, allowing our entire profession to benefit from idea-sharing, Connie launched her blog “Navigating the Journey of Entrepreneurial Private Practice in Medicine” on Friday, August 8, 2014. Her first post focused on “The Journey of Private Practice in Medicine,” where she states:

Each and every day, those of us in private practice fight for the consumer’s healthcare dollar and to stand out from the larger hospital systems. Private practice is unique because we are the “Daniel” in the “Goliath” world. We not only have to worry about the moves of the “big” guys, but we also need to stay on the community’s and payors’ top-of-the-mind awareness. Most of us are actively involved in local sponsorships within our hometowns, or participate on insurance panels…we navigate the politics of our communities on a daily basis. But through all of that navigating, we stand apart because we are genuine.

Although Connie’s passion is in physical and occupational therapy, her blog will tailor to all disciplines of medicine. Connie plans to post regularly every Friday to celebrate all private practice owners and administrators, and leave for the weekend on a happy note. Learn more or follow Connie’s blog at:http://rehabmgtsolutions.wordpress.com/.

Erik Larson, DPT Appointed Local Operator & Director at Spooner Physical Therapy and Rehab Specialists

Nobody can put you out of business except the patient – the boss. That’s why Rehab Management Solutions’ (RMS) network of private practices pride themselves in providing patients with an exceptional guest experience. Spooner Physical Therapy and Rehab Specialists (SPTRS), located in Spooner, WI, has focused on not only meeting patient needs, but exceeding them for the past 7 years. Already a thriving clinic with a dedicated and well-rounded team, RMS is proud to appoint Erik Larson, DPT as the clinic’s new Local Operator & Director.

Both the RMS & SPTRS staff are positive that Erik will be an excellent leader and co-worker. Larson, who has been with the clinic as a Physical Therapist since April of this year, has already helped expand the practice by bringing in new specializations of wound care and postural restoration. Prior to SPTRS, he worked in various rehabilitation settings and held several management positions.

Of course, behind any great leader is a well-rounded team. Physical Therapists Mavis Melton, MPT, and Anna Lang, PT, DPT, ATC, and Athletic Trainer Lauren Geier, ATC/L all bring the practice different education, knowledge, and views on how to better enhance the guest experience. In addition, administrative staff members Rebecca Melton, Heath Andrews, Kyle Pearson, and Brittany Stumph ensure patients are comfortable and radiate compassion. “What’s truly unique about the team is that they are hard-working, they really care deeply for each other, and care deeply for our hometown. There are no egos here. We all work together towards the common goal of getting our patients back to doing the things they love most,” stated Larson.

Larry Briand, MS, PT, ATC, Founder & CEO of RMS and Clinic Owner of SPTRS, is excited to see the team grow. “The team at SPTRS has a very unique passion to help their patients and grow the practice. There is certainly no “I” in team with them. Together, all team members focus on the value goals of continuous improvement and cheering each other on. I am so proud to see the advancements SPTRS has made since its opening, and am confident that Erik’s leadership will greatly compliment the team’s vision,” said Briand.

RMS looks forward to continue working alongside each SPTRS provider and administrative staff on a daily basis.