Progressive Rehab Ergonomics and Injury Prevention Center

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The cost associated with work related injuries can be a huge hit to the bottom line and hurt your greatest asset – your people.

Finding a comprehensive solution can be complex and frustrating. There is a simpler way. Progressive Rehab is the leading workplace injury prevention and management provider in eastern Iowa.

We will build an injury prevention program specific to an employer’s needs that is simple, economical, and effective. Progressive Rehab helps companies hire the right employees, avoid injuries, and get injured employees back to work quickly and effectively.

Solutions at work. Solutions that work

Progressive Rehab is the leading workplace injury prevention and management provider in eastern Iowa. We will build an injury prevention program specific to an employer’s needs that is simple, economical, and effective.

Progressive Rehab helps companies hire the right employees, avoid injuries, and get injured employees back to work quickly and effectively.

1. Injury Prevention Solutions: Early Intervention triage

The simple fact is not all musculoskeletal discomfort requires a doctor visit. Our experience has shown that 60 – 75% of reported discomfort can be effectively addressed without medical care.

Pre Work Screens

We’re here to customize a simple, compliant, and cost effective pre-employment screen programs that can deliver substantial savings.

Implementing your pre-employment screen process can be simple to do and provide exceptional return on investment. However, it can be a challenge, causing a conflict between recruiting and safety. We help you navigate these challenges by understanding your business needs and design a specific cost-effective program that meets regulatory requirements.

Each job comes with its own set of physical requirements. Progressive Rehab’s specialists come on-site to your work environment to complete an analysis of your job demands, measuring and validating your jobs essential physical requirements. This essential function profile is the basis of your pre work employment screen, but also the foundation of your ergonomic program. It provides valuable information to ensure your job descriptions are accurate and will assist with limited duty and return to work processes. We won’t use generic job descriptions and your attorneys won’t want us to either.

We develop a pre-employment screen protocol based on the jobs essential job tasks. We test the strength and cardiovascular challenge of job specific tasks as well as confirm if the task can be performed in a safe manner. There should never be a question in a job applicants mind how any component of the screen relates to a job function.

We work with you throughout the process, helping you with things such as hiring practices, HR policies, and recruiting communications. Pre-employment screens can be performed on site at your facility or centrally at one of our clinics.

We help you hire the right employees. This is especially important if you are in an industry or area where competing employers screen job applicants and you don’t. You could be getting the individuals they reject, increasing your injury risk.

Early Intervention/Triage

The simple fact is not all musculoskeletal discomfort requires a doctor visit. Our experience is 60 – 75% of reported discomfort can be effectively addressed without medical care. To be clear, if an employee needs medical care it must be provided. However, it is equally important to provide a pathway between the workplace and the medical community to maximize efficiency, cost and productivity.

Not to be confused with immediate post injury care, early intervention has a far greater impact because the focus is to interact with the employee before symptoms become severe. Often employee discomfort can be effectively addressed with first aid. However, it is crucial for qualified staff to first assess the situation correctly and determine the proper course of action. It is equally important to treat symptoms only through strategies and first aid measures that are non-recordable in nature.

You don’t need to commit to a full-time position. We provide support for as little a few hours one or two days a week it that is all you need or can afford. We customize the schedule to meet your needs and your shifts.


Protect your people and your bottom line. Progressive Rehab provides a comprehensive offering of ergonomics services, training and leadership.

Our highly qualified staff is trained to focus on both risk and productivity. An ergonomics program is designed to engineer out as many hazards as possible, but it alone does not necessarily create behavior change.

We can work with your current ergonomic initiatives or assist in developing initiatives from the ground up to provide ergonomically sound work environments that are safe and efficient for your employees that change behavior and changes the culture.

Hazard Analysis

Need assistance in determining which jobs present the greatest ergonomic hazard and risk of injury? Hazard analysis help determine where the root cause is of the next injury… before it’s an injury.

  • Ergonomic Risk Analysis and Solution Development
    • The ergonomic specialists at Progressive Rehab evaluate the components of a job that are high risk and develop solutions that are effective, cost efficient and don’t jeopardize productivity.
  • Ergonomic Behavioral Observation Tools for Leads and Supervisors
    • A successful ergonomics programs is consistent. Trainers and Supervisors are often the first line of defense in safe work habits. Developing audit tools that can be easily carried out by leadership creates the safety culture.
  • Job Rotation Patterns that Minimize Musculoskeletal Stress
    • Developing a job rotation can be easy. Developing the right job rotation that truly maximizes the balance of musculoskeletal can be more challenging. The ergonomic specialists and Progressive Rehab can customize the right job rotations for your operation.
  • Ergonomic Trainings on Worksite Specific Areas of Need
    • Ergonomic trainings must be work specific, use work examples from your work environment and be backed by trainer experience. Generic “Lunch and learn” trainings on back safety don’t get the job done. Progressive Rehab’s ergonomics specialists customize trainings to your site, your shifts, your workers and your needs. We familiarize ourselves with your work environment and make sure the training is specific.
  • Office Ergonomics
    • The office environment is constantly changing- new technology, more monitors and new “ergonomic devices.” Identifying what your office employees really need comes down to learning how to properly set up their workstation to fit them.
  • Stretching Programs
    • Your employees need to be treated like industrial athletes. Stretching and warm up programs reduce muscle strain, increase blood flow and help alleviate minor pain associated with repetitive motion, forceful activities, or static postures. It’s also important to understand the wrong type of stretching can reduce muscle output and strength for up to one hour after stretching. Whether it be pre, during or post work programs, we customize a stretching program that will meet the specific needs of your employees and their work demands.
  • Wellness and Onsite Massage Therapy
    • The simple fact is employees with few healthy habits will drive higher injury rates, not to mention higher general medical expenses. Progressive Rehab combines early intervention or on-site therapy services with a wellness program to provide a total solution for you and your employees.
      Massage therapy can pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs improving circulation. It also mobilizes weak, tight or atrophied muscles. Progressive Rehab offers onsite massage therapy services that will cater to your work environment’s specific needs and are convenient and easy access for your employees.
  • Fit for Duty Testing
    • It can be difficult to determine if a worker is physically ready to return to work after a work or non-work related injury or absence. A family physician or general surgeon may release an employee back to work without truly understanding the demands of the job. A fit for duty examination includes a full musculoskeletal assessment followed by functional testing that is specific to the works physical requirements helping to determine if an employee is ready to safely return to work.

2. Our Customers

Our customers and their satisfaction is our top priority. It does not matter what industry you are in or if your company is big or small. We provide injury solutions at work that work by designing programs to meet your needs. While our solutions may vary, our approach does not. Progressive Rehab’s ergonomics team works with over 50 employers. Below is a representative group we are honored to work with.

Progressive Rehab and Rockwell Collins have partnered together in injury prevention since the late 1990s. Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in design, production and support of innovative solutions for its customers in aerospace and defense. Working together its global team of nearly 20,000 employees shares a vision to create the most trusted source of communication and aviation electronics solutions.

Progressive Rehab and DB Schenker have partnered together in injury prevention since 2006. DB Schenker has taken our program and modeled it as a best practice that has been introduced to facilities around the country. DB Schenker stands for performance, service and safety regardless of the complexity or extent of logistics tasks and requirements. DB Schenker offers complex global transportation and logistics services through their Rail and Logistics Business Units. They develop logistics solutions from a single source and customize them according to your specific needs.

Progressive Rehab and Kinze have partnered together in injury prevention since 2012. Kinze is a leading manufacturer of row crop planters and giant grain auger carts and one of North America’s largest independently owned farm equipment companies.

Progressive Rehab and T&K have partnered together in injury prevention since 2013. T&K Roofing and Sheet Metal Company is truly one of the few full service roofing and sheet metal companies servicing Iowa, Western Illinois, southern Minnesota and Northern Missouri. T&K offers roofing and sheet metal services ranging from new construction to re-roofing renovation and repair.

Progressive Rehab and P&G have partnered together in injury prevention since 2008. P&G Oral Health and Oral Care are a manufacturer of products ranging from personal care to tooth brushes. Sustainability means making every day better for people and the planet through how they innovate and how they act.

Progressive Rehab and Kapstone have partnered together in injury prevention since 2014. Kapstone was formed by industry veterans to establish operating businesses in paper, packaging, forest products and related industries. Kapstone is a leading North American producer of unbleached Kraft paper and corrugated packaging products.

Progressive Rehab and Civco have partnered together in injury prevention since 2012. Civco Medical Solutions is committed to positively impacting patient care by constantly innovating life enhancing medical solutions by designing, manufacturing and marketing products in multi-modality imaging and radiation oncology.