Profiling a workplace physiotherapy and rehabilitation program within a police force

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Question: What are the typical presentations of police officers who attend
a newly established workplace rehabilitation service?
Design: A retrospective observational study.
Participants: Injured police officers (male n=30: mean age 43.3 ± 9.56
years: female n=12, mean age 38.2 ± 6.39 years) attending workplace
rehabilitation (August to December 2014).
Outcome Measures: Reported injury numbers and types, numbers of
treatments, attendance rates, and comparative costs.
Results: Of 340 booked treatment sessions, 296 (87%) of were attended.
Lumbar spine injury was the most commonly reported work-related
musculoskeletal disorder, accounting for 40.5% (n=17) of all injuries and
119 (40.2%) treatment sessions. Lumbar spine injuries occurred across
all ranks and years of service, and a higher proportion of affected officers
wore a hip holster than wore a thigh holster (44.4%, n=12 vs. 33.3%, n=5).
Female officers showed a higher average number of treatments attended
per injury than male officers (8.25 ± 5.12 vs. 6.57 ± 4.03).
Conclusion: A workplace rehabilitation service for injured police
officers presents as a viable service with lower back injuries the primary
presentation type.
Key Practice Points:
• Injuries to the lumbar spine were the most common presentation in a
police workplace rehabilitation service and were more often associated
with wearing a hip holster than wearing a thigh holster, though cohortlevel
research would be needed to examine the strength of any possible
causal link.
• Workplace rehabilitation services for injured police officers can limit lost
productivity and travel costs associated with travel to external services
during work time.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015
EventThe Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference 2015: Connect - Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 3 Oct 20156 Oct 2015
Conference number: 2015
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ConferenceThe Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference 2015
Abbreviated titleAPA
CountryAustralia
CityGold Coast
Period3/10/156/10/15
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Police
Workplace
Rehabilitation
Wounds and Injuries
Spine
Thigh
Hip
Back Injuries
Costs and Cost Analysis
Observational Studies
Therapeutics
Retrospective Studies
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)

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Hua, M., Orr, R. M., & Stierli, M. (2015). Profiling a workplace physiotherapy and rehabilitation program within a police force. The Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference 2015, Gold Coast, Australia.
Hua, M ; Orr, Rob Marc ; Stierli, Michael. / Profiling a workplace physiotherapy and rehabilitation program within a police force. The Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference 2015, Gold Coast, Australia.
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