An occupational in-home assessment is performed at the patient’s residence to analyze pre-injury activities of day to day living. This includes personal care, housekeeping, home maintenance, transportation and community management. This assessment allows us to evaluate the patient’s abilities and make recommendations regarding safety concerns for the claimant with their daily living activities.
An Orthopedic Assessment is conducted in the situation of soft tissue injuries or traumatic injuries to the bones such as:
- Fractures & dislocations
- Disturbed joints, such as sprains, torn cartilages, or strained ligaments
- Inflammation of muscle or connective tissues, such as bursitis, mysositis and tendonitis
- Strains, ruptured discs or curvatures
- Neck disorders, foot disorders and muscular-skeletal conditions which resist the patient’s ability to perform
A Psychological evaluation includes an interview followed by standard written tests and a scoring system used to understand how an accident has affected the claimants emotional functioning and thought process. From the evaluation we can determine and recommend treatment, with the goal of returning the claimant to normal functioning.
Psychological evaluations are recommended when the claimant displays:
- Nervousness in a car, crossing streets, or being near traffic
- Sadness; loss of interest or pleasure, suicidal thoughts
- General nervousness or brief periods of intense nervousness (anxiety and panic attacks)
- Loss of energy, problems with sleep/ and or appetite
- Irritability, impatience and agitation
- Increased conflict or tension in relationships
- Problems with memory or concentration and/or confusion
- Decreased confidence or lower self-esteem
If a patient is suspected of having a metal disorder or behavioral problem, a psychiatric evaluation will be given to assess the diagnosis, treatment and management for the patient. The psychiatric evaluator may assess and prescribe medications to control psychiatric symptoms.
Chronic Pain Assessment
A chronic pain assessment determines the mechanisms of pain through documentation of pain location, intensity, quality and duration. The objective of the treatment is to focus on improving function through the development of long-term self management skills including fitness and a healthy lifestyle in the face of pain that may persist.
A Neurological assessment is an evaluation of a persons nervous system. It may be performed with instruments, such as lights and reflex hammers, testing the patients vision, strength, co-ordination, reflexes and sensations. This assessment is performed in cases of brain and spinal cord injuries, headache and migraine, back and neck pain, chronic pain, sleep, tremor, peripheral or nerve disorders.
A Functional Abilities Evaluation is a specific assessment to help identify a patient’s physical and functional abilities and compare them with the requirements of their pre-accident/ pre disability occupation or activities of daily living. The patient will be tested on their abilities to sit, stand, walk, lift, carry, push, pull reach, etc. The FAE will comment on the patients demonstrated abilities, limitations, and restrictions and compare these to the requirements of his or her essential physical demands.
Driver Anxiety Assessment
A car accident is a traumatic event. In the following weeks and months the main focus is generally on physical, cognitive and emotional rehabilitation. However, what is often overlooked is that some patients will develop a fear of driving or being a passenger in a car.
An assessment and treatment is given to a patient to help in overcoming their fears as driver, passenger and pedestrian.
Future Care Cost (Life Care Planning) Assessment
Independent Health Forecast Assessment
Social Worker Assessment