Occupational Orthopaedic care

Patient Focused Care

Occupational orthopedics includes a comprehensive approach to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of work-related musculoskeletal injuries. At Steel City Spine and Orthopedic Center (SCSOC), we will make your successful treatment and recovery for work-related injuries our top priority.  Our multi-disciplinary and comprehensive approach to your care recognize the various work environments, physical, and socioeconomic issues that are encountered during a work-related injury.

The Workers Compensation Medical Experts at Steel City Spine and Orthopedic Center also are board-certified and fellowship-trained Orthopaedic surgeons and put a strong emphasis on providing the best Orthopaedic and musculoskeletal care as quickly as possible.  

Dedicated Care Coordination

Recovery is our Highest Concern

The Workers Compensation Experts at Steel City Spine and Orthopedic Center (SCSOC) focus on dedicated care coordination and ensures that your recovery is our highest concern. To facilitate this process, SCSOC has a team of full-time dedicated Workers’ Compensation Coordinators who work within a team approach model with our physicians. We truly understand that communication and care coordination are the hallmarks of a successful recovery.  Are expert team works closely with patients, employers, insurance carriers, and rehabilitation consultants to assure the process following an injury runs smoothly.

Work hardening programs

Customized Care

The Workers Compensation Medical Experts at SCSOC also offers individualized work hardening and work conditioning programs.  Our programs focus on building up strength, range of motion, endurance, and flexibility before returning to the job in a safe and effective manner.  Our work hardening programs also focus on real or simulated work activities, such as repetitive reaching, material handling and assembly. It is highly structured and goal-oriented, with patients reporting to our clinic’s simulated work environments  Through our multidisciplinary approach to your recovery, our team progressively improves an employee’s physical capabilities while addressing the issues of safety, physical tolerance and work behaviors.

Functional Capacity Evaluations


The Workers Compensation Experts at SCSOC also closely analyze a person’s abilities to perform work-related tasks. These evaluations can be related to a worker’s specific job description and are determined by levels by which an individual can perform a work-related task.

Our evaluations assess:

  • Range of motion
  • Muscle strength
  • Endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Cardiovascular fitness
  • Material-handling capacities
  • Consistency of effort
  • Physical demand levels

During our functional capacity evaluations, we put an emphasis on whether these is a physical match between the worker’s functional capabilities and the physical demands of the job.

We emphasize the importance of:

  • Exhibiting safe body mechanics and safe movement patterns?
  • Performing with a consistent, legitimate effort concerning functional abilities?
  • Is pain limiting your performance and job-related duties?