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Fit for Duty

Author: Jan Summersides, BScPT, FCAMPT, CGIMS & Delia Roberts, PhD, FACSM

Laser therapy reduces musculoskeletal injury rates at a Canadian pulp mill.  Located near Castlegar in British Columbia, Canada, Zellstoff Celgar Ltd. (ZCL) is one of the largest and most modern single-line Kraft pulp mills in North America.  Read about how their in-house physical therapy program is helping keep workers healthy and workers compensation claims low.  The addition of laser therapy into their physical therapy program has helped to reduce injuries 65% over one year, resulting in an estimated half million dollars of savings on workers compensation cases.  In this article learn about:

  • The patient profile at the mill
  • The details about the in house physiotherapy program
  • Common mill worker conditions
  • Compliance, results, and the financial impact of laser therapy
  • Preventing lost time
About the author(s)

Jan Summersides, BScPT, FCAMPT, CGIMS & Delia Roberts, PhD, FACSM

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