Northwest Occupational Medicine Center

Excellence Since 1972

Assessment

At NWOMC we provide a number of outpatient assessments and evaluations. We are able to provide evaluations that cover medical, physical therapy, occupational therapy and psychological domains.

Medical Evaluations:
Physician Evaluation

Depending on referral issues to be addressed; the selected board certified physician specialist performs an evaluation and makes recommendations for further diagnostic studies and/or treatment, if indicated. Available medical specialties include: Physiatry, Orthopedic Surgery, Neurology and Psychiatry.

Electrodiagnostics (EMG/NCV)

This diagnostic evaluation is performed and interpreted by a board certified physiatrist.

Closing and Rating Evaluation

This examination is performed by selected clinicians to determine whether or not the effects of an industrial injury can be considered medically stationary/fixed and stable, and to determine the rating of any permanent impairment associated with the injury according to appropriate state statues.

Independent Medical Evaluation (IME)

Multiple examiners evaluate the injured worker’s current status and make recommendations regarding future evaluation and management. The type and number of examiners is based upon referral issues to be addressed.

Physical and Occupational Therapy Evaluations:
Psychological Evaluations:
Psychological Pain Evaluation

Our experienced clinical and medical psychologists are available to evaluate injury-related or other unrelated issues which may be interfering with recovery and return to work. We also make treatment and/or management recommendations as appropriate. A variety of psychometric instruments are utilized as part of the evaluation and may include the MMPI-2, the BHI-2, The McGill Pain Assessment, functional based pain scale and others.

Comprehensive Psychological Evaluation

In addition to specializing in pain and somatization disorders, our clinical psychologists are trained to assess and diagnose the full spectrum of mood, anxiety, and other psychological disorders, including personality disorders. Along with a DSM-IV diagnosis, recommendations regarding treatment are offered. Speciality areas include Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders, Bariatic Surgery Evaluations, Pre-Surgery Psychological Evaulations for spinal cord stimulators, or intrathecal pumps.

Neuropsychological Evaluation

Neuropsychological evaluations, including testing, are recommended when a patient has sustained an injury that may have resulted in diminished cognitive functioning (e.g. head injury, toxic exposure, stroke, etc.) or when non-injury related factors such as psychiatric illness or disease process may be interfering with cognitive functioning.