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First4physio can facilitate the fast recovery of employees suffering from Musculo-Skeletal Disorders (MSDs) with minimum impact to a business through on-site assessments and advice.

occupational physiotherapy services

This support will help identify potential risks to staff sustaining injury or cumulative strains in the workplace. We are able to offer practical advice to managers on appropriate temporary restrictions or alterations to working practices to allow the employee to remain at work; or if the injury is more serious, assist the early return to work of the employee.

Our Business Support Services

  • Workplace Assessments

    • One off consultation

    • For individuals off sick or struggling at work with a musculoskeletal problem

    • Advice on temporary restrictions or specific alterations to working practices

  • Clinical Assessments

    • Done on an individual basis

    • Provide advice on recommended management and/or treatment

    • Advice on temporary restrictions or specific alterations to working practices

  • DSE Workplace Assessments

    • Individual assessment

    • For individuals with MSDs affecting their ability to work with Display Screen Equipment

Occupational Health Case Study

Occupational Health Case Study

Subject History:

40 year old male

Semi Manual Worker

Suffered back injury as a result of work related incident

Unable to work

Saw GP - sick note, and eventually referred to NHS physio

Received passive, intermittent treatment over 6 week period with no benefit, with no plan or consideration regarding return to work.


Referral to first4physio:
7 weeks post injury referred by Occupational Health Department. Assessed & report submitted detailing:

  • Injury Sustained

  • Functional Capability

  • Expectations regarding return to work

  • Treatment Plan & Cost


Once authorised, hands on treatment commenced, including:

  • Manual Therapy

  • A Personalised Progressive Exercise Programme

  • Advice to Employer re Phased Return to work and Modified Duties

  • Self Management Advice to client relative to Working Tasks

  • Work Hardening' Programme


15 days after commencing treatment, the client was able to undertake a phased return to work on modified duties, whilst continuing with his physiotherapy treatment.

4 weeks after commencing treatment, the client had returned to full working hours and normal duties. 6 sessions of treatment provided.


Employer benefits:

Cost benefits to Employer as Employee back to work after 15 days of starting treatment with first4physio (This following 7 weeks off sick with NO improvement in condition or plan to return to work.)

  • Advice to managers to help them to select appropriate modifications of working tasks

  • Business still had benefit of employee's expertise and experience whilst on modified duties

  • Rapid progression to full duties and normal job role

  • Advice re working practice etc to reduce risk of recurrence of injury

  • Reduced chances of client or other employee suffering a similar injury due to modified working practice.

  • In future will refer direct to Occupational Physiotherapist for Musculoskeletal Disorders for rapid access and associated benefits.

Client benefits:

  • Financial Benefit

  • Fitness levels of client improved and suitably prepared for a return to work

  • Reduced chances of client developing a Chronic Problem and Lengthy Absence from work

  • Employee's morale improved

  • Client feels 'valued' by the business, as company seen to be helping recovery process

  • Reduced chances of client having a recurrence of injury

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