Well, a lot of things actually…

From 30-minute physical therapy visits to full-day return to work (RTW) reconditioning and pain management programs. On-site occupational medicine and clinical health psychology services as well.

In fact, the Center for Occupational Rehabilitation (COR) is one of only a few free-standing outpatient facilities on the East Coast that exclusively serve the rehabilitation needs of the disabled worker. That’s all we do and that’s one of the things that makes us different!

When you walk through our gym and by the pool, you will see others with neck, shoulder, low back, knee or leg injuries. You may even see an amputee or electrical burn victim. Our clients mostly come from western North Carolina from Murphy to Asheville to Marion.

As a regional pain management center, we also treat folks from up-state South Carolina; and the adjoining mountain regions of Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia. No one likes to be away from home for long. But if you need a hotel stay or transportation assistance to get expert treatment, we will obtain pre-certification from your insurance carrier.

weightsAt COR, we take a ‘sports medicine’ approach to restoration of function, pain management, and work conditioning. That means that we focus on whole-body wellness including making sure that you have the aerobic fitness to last the whole day. This approach incorporates personal goal-setting and highly-individualized exercise plans to assure that injured workers reach their functional potential and meet the physical demands of their job. It’s pretty obvious to us that you are not just a ‘back’ or a ‘knee’.

The latest outcome research informs us that some complex back surgeries, chronic narcotic or benzodiazepine use, and inadequate physical therapy may actually worsen the odds of return to a normal lifestyle and competitive employment. Time is of the essence. Being in pain and being out of work may not seem like an emergency to others; but it is to you and those who count on you. Our conservative, individualized approach to each injured worker assures that he or she receives the level of care that they require – not more, not less.

Pain vs. a Chronic Pain Syndrome

Somewhere between several weeks and a few months after a injury or ‘failed’ back surgery, for example, many disabled workers with persistent pain may be aware of some physical and mental changes. First they may notice disturbed or shortened sleep; decreased energy, increased ‘down-time’ during the day, memory difficulties, and reduced ability to perform activities that were once taken for granted. Finances become worrisome. Irritability is typical. Increased social isolation may become a concern to family and friends.

fathersmallFor some injured workers, a sense of ‘cabin fever’ can worsen to significant anxiety, depression, or anger. Even formerly good relationships with an employer and co-workers can become strained by mistrust. Specialists call this a ‘chronic pain syndrome’; and, unfortunately, it generally doesn’t just go away.

If a chronic pain syndrome is suspected and you have been out of work for more than three months, a multidisciplinary team approach may be recommended to help you get back on track. This ‘gold standard’ of care is backed by research showing its superiority to medication-only treatments for chronic pain. The COR Team

The good news is that pain and disability do not have become permanent fixtures of your life. Most of our clients with spinal and myofascial pain disorders are able to dramatically improve their function, reduce and better manage pain, taper addictive medications, and return to work if that is their goal – all over the course of several weeks.
At COR, you will learn pain management strategies and how to demonstrate good body mechanics. On discharge, nearly all of of our clients are rated at maximum medical improvement (MMI) for their injuries and ‘work‐ready’; with medical restrictions, if any, based on objective measurement of strength, endurance, and effort. Safety is our first priority.