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Firefighters at are higher risk for injury than average workers due to the physical demands of their job duties and the training required to be ready for the variety of work conditions and activities they encounter.
We consider the physical demands of working as a firefighter comparable to those of a high-level athlete. Many firefighters are devoted to regular fitness activities to reduce the risk of injury but still experience injuries on the job or outside of work.
What is the Sound Physical Therapy Injury Prevention Program (SPT IPP) and what can it do for you as a Seattle FF?
Sound Physical Therapy, in collaboration with the Seattle Firefighter Health Care Trust, is offering a Physical Therapy Injury Prevention Program (IPP) that is free for Seattle Firefighters. The Annual Firefighter Medical Exam (AFFME) provides you with information assessing your overall health. The IPP provides you with information about your musculoskeletal health.
During the IPP you will participate in a series of physical drills and activities to assess your flexibility, strength, balance and stability. This information is used to help identify areas of potential risk for injury.
Optimally the IPP is followed up by an additional 1-hour consultation session with the PT. This is usually scheduled for a later date following your initial session but can also be completed on same day if time the is available. During this session, you will be provided with advice regarding exercises and activities to address the areas of potential risk for injury. This visit is also free through the IPP Program.
To participate in the Sound Physical Therapy Injury Prevention Program please see the information listed below:
The Sound Physical Therapy Injury Prevention Program is offered downtown at the Vera Whole Health Clinic at Fire Station 2 on Mondays and Thursdays of each week. You have the option of scheduling on the same day as your Annual Firefighter Medical Examination (AFFME). This typically would be the hour either preceding or following your AFFME appointment time. You can attend on a different day if preferred. Follow-up sessoins for the SPT IPP can be scheduled at the Vera Whole Health Clinic at Fire Station 2 or at the Sound Physical Therapy clninc in West Seattle.
To schedule, call Tom at 425-666-9110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To save time, download and complete the SPT IPP intake form by clicking on the below link, and bring it to your appointment.
Are you in need of additional Physical Therapy for an injury?
For firefighters with work-related or non-work-related injuries these services are provided at the Sound Physical Therapy clinic in West Seattle.
We have found that combining traditional exercise strategies with job specific training activities, tailored to the needs of a firefighter, can produce excellent results.
Sound Physical Therapy can help make sure firefighters are ready to handle all aspects of work, so they can return to the job they love with confidence.
If you wish to schedule a Physical Therapy appointment at the Sound Physical Therapy clinic in West Seattle please call 206-301-0600. These visits will be billed to your SFD health insurance.