Back to Work is the Industrial Rehabilitation division of Columbia Physical Therapy, P.C.


The needs of workers and employers today are multi-faceted and range from management of the injured worker to injury prevention. To better address those needs, our entire staff has been certified in the WorkWell Systems.

This state-of-the-art approach to industrial rehabilitation allows us to offer a continuum of care, starting with immediate, comprehensive treatment of the injured worker. Additionally, we offer functional capacity evaluations.

Our goal is the safe and early return of injured workers to a safe work environment.

Functional Capacity Evaluations

Our center utilizes the WorkWell Systems Functional Capacity Evaluation, the most objective musculoskeletally oriented assessment in the Capital District.
Correlating the outcomes of the test with the specific demands of the worker’s job is an integral part of the FCE. This allows us to clearly define the worker’s abilities and limitations as they relate to their work place.

The BACK TO WORK functional capacity evaluation provides:

Cost effective testing that answers the right questions.

Maximum abilities upon return to work as well as projections of 8-hour day performance.

Safe and timely return to work with prevention of reinjury.

Immediate verbal and written follow-up reports in clear, concise language.

Work Conditioning

Work Conditioning is a medically supervised, goal specific, job directed, program intensive, and employment integrated program to enhance a rapid and safe return to work.

The worker is considered an “industrial athlete” who is surrounded by a motivating environment geared to strengthening, conditioning, educating and simulating work tasks.

A structured program is individualized to the job requirements and communication is maintained to assure goals are achieved.

Features which distinguish BACK TO WORK include:

Indoor pool for cardiovascular conditioning and in the management of acute injury.

Trained staff of physical therapists, and physical therapist assistants who individualize and directly supervise each worker’s program.

Full strengthening circuit including 15 stations.

Aerobic conditioning — treadmills, stairclimbers, stationary bicycles, ergometers, upper body ergometers.

Trukinetic Work System.

Job simulation tools and equipment.

Pre Employment Screening

Pre-Employment Screens are performed at our office for a variety of companies. These tests objectively assess a potential employee’s ability to perform the physical tasks required by a job. The test is performed by one of our specially trained therapists and the results of the test will determine proper job placement. Pre-Employment Screens increase safety for employees and minimize risk of injury and potential Workers Comp costs for employers.

If you would be interested in having your potential employee’s screened to ensure safe job placement, please contact Karen at (518) 758-7616.