Good Shepherd Launches Back to Work Program10/21/2008
October 21, 2008
Allentown, PA – Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network recently launched a new occupational medicine program at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation-CedarPointe, 1651 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown. The Back to Work Program, which is directed by Frank Sparandero, M.D., M.P.H., uses a comprehensive care approach to get patients back on the job quickly and safely following musculoskeletal injuries or pain.
Patients in the Back to Work Program are treated by a professional care team, including physicians specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as expert physical, occupational and speech therapists, and case managers. The program is led by Dr. Sparandero, who is board certified and has extensive clinical experience in occupational medicine.
“The Back to Work Program’s mission is to help patients with their rehabilitation, whether their injury was sustained on or off the job, and to educate them about job safety to prevent future injury,” says Dr. Sparandero.
The program caters to individuals from all lines of work, but focuses especially on health-care workers and emergency service workers (police, fire, EMT, etc.). Staff members have special expertise in work conditioning, exercises and activities, which includes aerobic conditioning, strength training, job simulation, body mechanics training and carefully supervised stretching. In the Back to Work simulation area, patients learn how to properly lift and perform other daily work activities, with particular attention to prevention of re-injury.
For more information on the Back to Work Program, please call 484-788-0700 or visit www.goodshepherdrehab.org .
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is a nationally recognized rehabilitation leader, offering a continuum of care for people with physical and cognitive disabilities and specializing in assistive and rehabilitation technology. More than 40,000 people come to Good Shepherd each year for specialized programs in stroke, orthopedics, brain injury, spinal cord injury, pediatrics, amputation and more. Good Shepherd provides rehabilitation services in 8 eastern Pennsylvania counties. Good Shepherd operates 16 outpatient sites, 4 inpatient sites, a long-term acute care hospital, 2 long-term care homes for people with severe disabilities, an independent living facility, a Work Services division that provides employment training and job placement and a lifestyle products online store called Rehability. Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, began operations in July 2008 and provides post-acute care in the Philadelphia region. Good Shepherd was founded in 1908 when The Rev. John and Estella Raker invited a disabled orphan named Viola into their Allentown, Pennsylvania, home. Good Shepherd is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. For more information, visit www.GoodShepherdRehab.org.