WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE?

Occupational medicine is the subspecialty of preventive medicine concerned with the: health, safety, and, performance of workers.

Occupational health specialists provide medical care to workers with work-related injuries and illnesses. They also work with businesses, employees, regulators, insurers, public health, and other occupational safety and health professionals to create safer workplaces.

Some of the services we provide include:

  • Evaluation and treatment of work-related injuries
  • Physical exams (DOT, School Physicals, Return to Duty)
  • Certified urine drug screening and collections
  • Certified breath alcohol testing
  • Mask fit test – full and half
  • Evaluation and treatment of chronic illnesses (hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol)
  • Minor sprains and strains, trauma, fractures (splint & stabilize)
  • Age-appropriate immunizations and foreign travel
  • In-house x-rays and blood work
  • Pulmonary studies
  • Hearing tests

Contact our McAllen or Pharr Clinics for more information.

BENEFITS OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH

How Can an Occupational Health Program Help Your Company’s Bottom Line?

Healthy workers are more productive! To help your workers be healthier, you should develop a preventive health program that includes:

  • Health Risk Assessments
  • Nutrition Coaching
  • Fitness Programs
  • Weight Loss Coaching
  • Health Coaching
  • Classes
  • Workshops

Work-related injuries can also be very expensive. The direct costs of injuries that are easy to measure, like the cost of medical care and insurance costs, are small when compared to indirect costs associated with workplace disruption, retraining, lost productivity, and the like.

Return Your Employees to Work as Soon as Possible

When injuries do occur, they need to be managed well to return the injured worker to a state of health and productivity as soon as possible. A skilled occupational medicine specialist will work with the worker, employer, workers compensation insurer, and the medical system to help the injured worker regain his or her functional abilities and return to work. 

Did You know That the Cost of Absence Is More than Four Times the Medical Payments?

Studies show that the most disabling workplace injuries cost the industry $50 billion a year in direct workers’ compensation costs. According to the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI), a national, non-profit organization based in San Francisco, CA, the full costs of absence are more than four times the total medical payments for employers when the productivity lost from absence is added to wage replacement payments.