Atlas to Present on Ground-breaking Injury Prevention Strategy at APTA PPS Conference


Release: Immediate
Date: October 24, 2014
Media Contacts:  
James Landsman  
Atlas Ergonomics  
(616) 844-6322 ext. 3201  

Grand Haven, Michigan (October 24, 2014) – Striving to bring injury prevention solutions to the next level, Atlas Ergonomics( will be presenting at American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Private Practice Section Conference Wednesday, November 5, 2014 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The presentation will introduce the Interventional Matrix model, intended to help the physical therapy community add layers of interventions to their industrial skill set. The program will focus on a systematic approach to ergonomic risk assessment and remediation in an industrial setting.

Atlas experts Drew Bossen, PT, MBA, and Tony Silva, Certified Professional Ergonomist will co-present at the session.

“Physical therapists can take advantage of a matrixed approach to injury prevention, making themselves more valuable assets to the industries they serve. They are already well-versed in injury prevention,” says Bossen. “This practice session will show them how to apply that thinking and these methods to the industrial field.”

The methods that will be discussed include:

  • Essential Function Profiles / ADAA
  • Pre-work Screening and Testing
  • Proactive ergonomics / Prevention / Wellness
  • Early Intervention / Employee Triage
  • Reactive Ergonomics
  • Recordable Injury Management – Change the Game
  • Return to Work Programs / Job Matching
  • Case Management Strategies

Additionally, the presentation will review a current case study of a US manufacturer utilizing this approach across 45 domestic facilities over the past 10 years. The case study reveals a 56% reduction in lost workday case rate, a 53% reduction in workers compensation claims, and an 81% decrease in workers compensation costs.

“Physical therapists can use this type of savings to capitalize on a wide-open market,” says Silva. “As they begin to migrate from treating injuries to working with clients at their locations, they can begin to counsel clients on injury prevention. Many of a PT’s current clients are employees within industrial companies. They treat injuries, but they never really work with the company to understand why employees are getting injured.”

In an atmosphere of decrease reimbursement, Bossen says PTs can change the game. “Industry is looking for competent individuals to come in and help them. They’re willing to pay for that kind of significant reduction in cost and increase in profitability.”

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About Atlas Ergonomics, LLC
Atlas Ergonomics, LLC is a leading injury prevention and management service and technology provider, helping customers reduce the spiraling costs of injuries within industrial, office, distribution, transportation, and healthcare environments.  Atlas guides clients to financially evaluate and define the appropriate strategy, and offers services that are uniquely simple, measurable, and cost effective. Atlas Ergonomics provides turnkey support through the nation’s largest network of ergonomic service providers or can assist corporate resources with the necessary training and technology. Atlas Ergonomics is located in Grand Haven, Michigan, and additional information can be found


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