CBI Health aims to deliver dedicated care and tailored treatment for each of our clients. This ‘Connected Care Story’ describes how our team was able to provide a consistent treatment plan cross-regionally for Darius*, a new client who was working in another province at the time of his workplace injury.
Darius works in the locomotive industry, servicing railways across Canada. While working in western Canada, a machinery accident caused him to lose part of his thumb. The accident impacted much of his day to day life, as Darius was not able to return to work. He was also unable to partake in his favourite hobbies such as sports and playing with his children. He also had difficulties helping out around the house, and experienced sensitivity to water, hot and cold temperatures, and shock pain upon impact.
Darius was referred to CBI Health last December. He began treatment with a Kinesiologist at a clinic in western Canada, where he was working, but decided to move back to his hometown in Ontario to be with his family as he continued to recover. After his move, the team in his hometown were asked to simulate the treatment plan that the team out west designed for him. They adapted and developed a unique set of activities and therapy for Darius, working with him four days a week for up to eight hours each day. This timeline replicated his regular workday, and the activities mimicked the type of work he usually did on the railways.
Darius continued working with a Kinesiologist in his hometown, focusing on a range of manual and dexterity exercises which included stretches and hand therapy. He performed tasks that used his hands in precise ways, such as building puzzles, piecing together parts of an engine, and using tools such as a hammer to dismantle old clinic equipment. He also used a sledgehammer to hit a tire to create similar vibrations that he would experience working on a railroad. In addition to profession-based exercises, he also worked on exercises to get him back to his favourite hobbies, such as practising catching a ball, shooting his hockey stick, and playing with a video game joystick.
After three months of treatment and support from his Kinesiologists in both regions, Darius was ready to return to work. He was able to tolerate lifting more weight and could perform the physical labour that was required for his job. When Darius began treatment, he was only able to lift 10-20lbs. By the end of his sessions he was lifting up to 100lbs and the shock pain in his thumb was easier to tolerate and harder to aggravate. He was even inspired to build a home gym to continue the exercises and lifting program he learned. Darius is now back at work, playing his favourite sports, and spending more time with his family.
*Client's name has been changed