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Occupational Rehabilitation 1 (OR1) is a structured, active rehabilitation program focused on return to work through physical and functional conditioning, education, and supported return-to-the workplace. The program is offered by physiotherapists, and treatment services may be provided at a rehabilitation clinic and/or at the work site.
All workers undergo a full evaluation before a customized program is developed. Treatment may include:
As of June 1, 2013, there is a new treatment phase available in the OR1 Program, if required or appropriate, called the Acute Physiotherapy Treatment Phase. This phase is designed for workers who may need more focused physiotherapy to be better prepared to participate fully in the OR1 Program. If appropriate and required, the provider may accept the worker into the program and provide treatment in this Phase, rather than not admitting the worker as "too acute".
This phase would begin following the Intake Assessment and is limited to a maximum of three (3) weeks. Workers may not be attending daily and may receive some 1:1 treatment by the physiotherapist and/or participate in portions of the OR1 program, as deemed appropriate by the OR1 treatment team. It is expected that participation in this Phase will lead to full participation in the OR1 Program.
The program is designed for workers who meet the following criteria:
The program is not appropriate for the worker who:
Workers typically attend the program four hours per day, five days per week for a maximum of 30 consecutive business days. This may include any combination of treatment at a rehabilitation clinic and the work site. There maybe exceptions to attendance requirements based on the individual's needs, with WorkSafeBC Officer approval.
OR 1 is offered at WorkSafeBC-approved clinics throughout B.C.
Workers are referred to the program by a WorkSafeBC officer. Attending
physicians can refer to the program by communicating this to the WorkSafeBC
officer verbally or through a Form 11.
Please call health care services at 604 232-7787 or toll-free at 1 866 244-6404. Or visit the OR 1 contact details page for further information.