Industrial Rehabilitation

ASIA-Alabama Self Insured Association Winter Conference and Encore Rehabilitation, Inc.

Encore Rehabilitation, Inc. was proud to be a part of the ASIA-Alabama Self Insured Association Winter Conference at the Hyatt-Winfrey in Birmingham. Shown here are Encore representatives Chris Lynch, Sharon Smelser, and John Henderson.

For more information about Encore Rehabilitation’s Industrial Rehabilitation programs, call us at 256-350-1764 ext 2212. For over 40 years, Encore has provided high-quality rehabilitation to individuals and organizations across Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and Tennessee. We LOVE to see you move!

Encore Rehabilitation, Inc. Corporate Office
251 Johnston Street, Suite 200
Decatur, Alabama 35601
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Dr James Robinson and Encore Rehabilitation President Paul Henderson

Encore Rehabilitation and the 2020 ASIA Winter Conference, Montgomery, Alabama

Post Offer Evaluation Test (POET) – An Invaluable Tool*

Ms Tripp is happy at Encore Rehabilitation-Arab!

Post Offer Evaluation Test (POET) – An Invaluable Tool*

Encore Rehabilitation Work Zone is ready to help you with Post Offer Evaluation Test plus a whole range of services! Call us for more info!

Post Offer Evaluation Test – An Invaluable Tool *
presented by Chris Lynch, MS, OT, CSCS;
Sidney Scarborough, MBA, PT; and Elisabeth Bernier, PTA

The Cost of Work-Related, Preventable Injuries

  • The National Safety Council estimates the cost incurred from work-related injuries in 2019 was $171 billion. 
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported there were approximately 2.8 million non-fatal workplace injuries in 2017.  This included wage and production losses of $53.9 billion, medical expenses of $35.5 billion, and administrative expenses of $59.7 billion.

With the expense of work-related preventable injuries on the rise, employers are looking for ways to prevent such injuries. One way to reduce the occurrence of these injuries is through the use of a Physical Demand Screen or Post Offer Evaluation Test.

What is a POET and how can this test can help?

The key purpose of a Physical Demand Screen or Post Offer Evaluation Test (POET) is to ensure an employer that an appropriate candidate for the job is being hired.  By testing the applicant against each critical job demand, the employer receives objective data showing that the applicant can do the job safely.   POETs are also helpful in identifying previous injuries that may place an employee at risk and preventing the company from being liable for injuries that occurred prior to employment.

Specific physical demands tested include but are not limited to: lifting, carrying, pushing/pulling, coordination, sustained or repetitive postures, squatting, kneeling, bending, climbing, etc. In addition, baseline musculoskeletal screens determine the range of motion and strength of the employee.

A large manufacturing company utilizing a post offer screen has seen an 80% reduction in the number of work-related injuries with the implementation of ergonomic screens and, where appropriate, job rotations. Reductions in injuries lead to savings, increased productivity, and better job satisfaction.

When and where to perform a POET?

A POET can only be completed following a conditional job offer and not in the interview or pre-employment process.  An employer has the right to be specific in which jobs to test, enabling the employer to test where on-the-job injuries occur most frequently. During the hiring process, companies must adhere to the guidelines established by the ADA and EEOC. 

Is testing required company wide?

Testing does not have to be required company wide.  However, testing must be done for every employee seeking to fill a certain position or job title.  For example, a nursing home may complete POET testing on all the nursing assistant job positions but opt not to test dietary job positions. This enables the company to pinpoint where testing is most cost effective.

Use of POET as a Fit for Duty test

The POET or Physical Demand Screen can also be used as a “Fit for Duty” test prior to an employee returning to work after a non-work-related injury.  This will ensure the employee can safely perform his/her job and assist in making reasonable accommodations if necessary.

Encore Work Zone Team Members are experts in the field, preventing and reducing injuries

The Encore Work Zone Team is ready to help you create the safest work environment, hire the most qualified employees, and create a culture of health and wellness for all of your employees through the following services:

  • Ergonomic Job Site Analysis
  • Functional Job Descriptions
  • Post Offer Conditional Pre-Placement Screenings (POETs)
  • Fit For Duty Evaluations
  • Injury Prevention Programs
  • Acute Rehab/Early Injury Intervention
  • Onsite Rehab/First Aid Screenings
  • Work Conditioning/Job Simulations
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs)

Contact Encore Work Zone today to schedule POETs and other industrial rehab services! Our Encore Work Zone team has 350+ years of experience in the industrial market and is ready to help create a stronger, safer work force. To get started with services, contact Industrial Rehabilitation Coordinator Elisabeth Bernier at 205-447-7234 or  To see a complete list of Encore Rehabilitation outpatient therapy clinics, visit .      


About the Authors

Chris Lynch is an Occupational Therapist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach with Encore Rehabilitation-Vestavia. With over 30 years of experience of Industrial and Workers’ Compensation Rehab, he is a proven leader! He provides Encore Work Zone Industrial Rehabilitation Services in Bessemer, Clanton, Hayden, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, and Vestavia, Alabama, as well as travels to other locations. 

Sidney Scarborough is a Physical Therapist with Encore Rehabilitation, Inc. with almost 35 years of experience in the healthcare industry both as a clinician and an administrator. Sidney provides Industrial Rehab Services in Mobile-Baldwin County, Alabama and Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He is a Regional Vice President-Business Development with Encore.

Elisabeth Bernier is the Encore Work Zone Industrial Rehabilitation Coordinator. She has been a Physical Therapist Assistant for over 25 years. She also serves as the Encore Rehabilitation Regional Rehab Director for the greater Birmingham area.­­

*The National Safety Council website has been referenced in the creation this article. To visit their website, go to

Encore Rehabilitation is a proven leader in the Industrial Rehabilitation field!

Mr. Wyman makes great recovery from a work injury with rehab at Encore Rehabilitation-Long Beach

Encore Rehabilitation and the 2020 ASIA Winter Conference, Montgomery, Alabama

Dr James Robinson and Encore Rehabilitation President Paul Henderson

Encore Rehabilitation Co-Owner Paige Plash, PT, wishes a Happy National Athletic Trainer Month

Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika is open!

Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika opened today!

Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika, 3051 Fredrick Road, Suite 4, Opelika, AL 36801Interior of Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika, 3051 Fredrick Road, Suite 4, Opelika, AL 36801
Interior of Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika, 3051 Fredrick Road, Suite 4, Opelika, AL 36801

The signs are up and the doors are open! Be sure to stop in and say hello to Director Trip Garner and all the Rehab Team! And come see us for all your rehab needs!

Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika
3051 Fredrick Road
Suite 4
Opelika, Alabama 36801

We LOVE to see you move!

Encore Rehabilitation-Hartselle has a new sign!

Road sign for Encore Rehabilitation-Hartselle and Hartselle Medical Specialties

The new sign at Encore Rehabilitation-Hartselle is installed and looking good!  Our Hartselle clinic offers Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy as well as Pediatric Rehab and Industrial Rehab Services. For over 35 years, Encore Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine has provided quality care in the Hartselle community. Come by and see our new clinic!

Encore Rehabilitation-Hartselle
615 Mynatt Street, SW
Hartselle, Alabama 35640
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New Clinical Director Phillip Dueitt, DPT, Bay Minette, Alabama

Phillip Dueitt DPT

Meet Physical Therapist Phillip Dueitt, Clinical Director for the new Encore Rehabilitation-Bay Minette, Alabama clinic!

Phillip has been a Clinician for eight years and has been with Encore Rehabilitation for three years. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He is also Certified in Dry Needling. Phillip provides quality physical therapy services to help patients reach their optimal level of movement.

Phillip is married and has three children. His hobbies include hiking and fishing.

Stop by the new Encore Rehabilitation Clinic in Bay Minette, Alabama and say hello to Phillip! 

Encore Rehabilitation-Bay Minette opened in April 2018. Services at the Bay Minette location include Physical Therapy, Industrial Rehabilitation, and Sports Medicine. Athletes utilizing this clinic will include the Sun Chiefs from nearby Coastal Alabama Community College-Bay Minette.

If rehabilitation is in your future, choose Encore Rehabilitation!

Encore Rehabilitation-Bay Minette
1902 Hand Avenue, Suite C
Bay Minette, Alabama 36507
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Article: Dry Needling: What is it about? How does it work?



Dana Rogers – “I love y’all bunches!”

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Dana Rogers has been selected Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Hamilton!

Dana has been receiving rehab since December for a shoulder injury and surgery. She shares, “Workers’ Comp choose Encore but I love y’all bunches!”

Encore Physical Therapist Bethany Sutton says, “Ms. Rogers is always so friendly. After her surgery, Ms. Rogers worked hard to get back to full mobility.”

Thank you, Dana, for being the Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Hamilton!

Encore Rehabilitation-Hamilton
1261 Military Street South, Hamilton, Alabama 35570
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Radosar Masoumi Returns to Work!

Radosar Masoumi Photo Fayette Revised

Radosar Masoumi was injured at work resulting in surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff. Radosar’s medical team referred him to Encore Rehabilitation-Fayette because of the quality care and rehab results previous patients had received. 

He says, “I injured my shoulder at work several months ago and had surgery. I am proud to say that I am better and able to return to work performing some of my duties that I was doing before I got hurt.”

Congratulations, Radosar, for being selected Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Fayette! We wish you all the best!

Encore Rehabilitation-Fayette
1793 North Temple Avenue, Fayette, Alabama 35555
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To learn more about our Industrial Rehabilitation Programs, visit our website or contact Elisabeth Bernier at 205-447-7234.


Low Back Pain?


Low Back Pain? According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH)*, “80% percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes. It is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work days. In a large survey, more than a quarter of adults reported experiencing low back pain during the past 3 months.” Low back pain may affect sleep, work, family life, and recreational activities. Yet many individuals do not seek professional medical help for low back pain.

How can physical therapy help? Physical therapy may be beneficial to relieve pain, increase movement, strengthen the back and core muscles, and improve mobility and flexibility. Physical therapists also work with patients to teach them proper positioning, movement, and lifting techniques. At Encore Rehabilitation, we assist patients in recovery and prevention as well as educate patients on how to avoid re-injury.

If you are experiencing low back pain, seek professional medical help. Encore Rehabilitation is ready to help you get back to living!


*NIH Source:

“I have been absolutely pleased,” David Therrien celebrates National Physical Therapy Month with Encore Rehabilitation

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“I had surgery due to a full ACL tear, partial MCL tear, and tearing of both sides of the meniscus,” says David Therrien of Long Beach, Mississippi.  David has been coming to Encore Rehabilitation – Long Beach for physical therapy for 7 weeks.  “Workmen’s Comp selected Encore Rehabilitation for me, but I have been absolutely pleased with the whole process.” 

We wish you continued improvement and good health, David! Happy National Physical Therapy Month from Encore Rehabilitation – Long Beach staff: Karen, Daniel, Alicia, Elaine, and Jenny!