Concentra’s Braedon Roney discusses Keys to decreasing costs of Workplace Injuries
Posted - Aug 18, 2017
On August 15, 2017 the South Plains Chapter welcomed speaker Braedon Roney, PT, DPT, Director of Physical Therapy for Concentra of Lubbock to the meeting.
He spoke about the high cost of workplace injuries – 2.8 million injuries each year with costs of $45-54 billion in musculoskeletal related injuries alone.
Dr. Roney’s presentation emphasized that we as health and safety professionals can help minimize these high costs through three key areas:
- Health screenings such as physical examination i.e., DOT exams, post-offer, return-to-work and other purposes requiring the evaluation of the applicant’s physical ability to meet the essential functions of a job position.
- Prevention of the injury, including use of ergonomic principals – Green, Yellow and Red Zone.
- Proper management of injuries through early physical & occupational therapy, and including early return to work (RTW) programs or modified duty programs.
He explained what doesn’t work is bed rest, opioids and strong pain killers, passive treatments focused on pain reduction, and steroid use for chronic injuries.
It all takes “time and investment” Roney states, but the “benefits will outweigh the costs.”
On behalf of the South Plains Chapter, thank you Braedon for your excellent and very practical presentation.
About our speaker:
Braedon Roney was born and raised in Orem, a central Utah town at the base of a scenic mountain range. It was here that he came to know his wife Virginia through school, basketball, and tennis. After marrying, Virginia worked as a teacher while Braedon continued his undergraduate studies in exercise science. After finishing his undergraduate degree, he pursued his doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Utah. During this time, he and his wife welcomed two daughters into their family. Upon completing his graduate degree, he and his family left behind the mountains of Utah and found themselves in the plains of Lubbock, where Braedon is currently working as the Center Therapy Director for Concentra.