Sports Medicine and General Orthopaedic Surgeon
With Dr. Romanelli, you will find customized treatment plans, state-of-the-art diagnostics, and cutting-edge surgical techniques that will support you throughout your recovery process. Each injury and job specification requires an individualized approach to allow patients to return to their pre-injured occupation in a safe and timely fashion. At times these goals can be obtained with a non-surgical approach; at other times, surgery offers the patient the best chance at a full recovery. Regardless, Dr. Romaneill will partner with you to optimize your recovery and return to work.
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Our team provides all common work injury evaluation and management services, from functional capacity evaluations to independent medical evaluations, to individualized return-to-work programs.

FUNCTIONAL CAPACITY EVALUATION

Functional Capacity Evaluations are often ordered to determine if one is physically ready to return to work, typically following a workplace injury or illness. Functional Capacity Evaluations are required to assess a multitude of situations, including Social Security applications, school to work transitions, car accident rehab and recovery, and other related circumstances. Dr. Romanelli’s goal with every Functional Capacity Evaluation is to assess your ability to perform daily tasks, and to determine if that ability matches the requirements of your career. In the case of Social Security Disability and general injury assessments, that goal may be reversed, where Dr. Romanelli determines your inability to perform tasks. In any such case, Dr. Romanelli tackles your workplace injuries, accident injuries, conditions, and illnesses with a comprehensive top-down approach. By first understanding how your injuries, illnesses, or disabilities arose, Dr. Romanelli can understand how your physical mobility may be affected, and how you’ve recovered in the weeks following.

INDEPENDENT MEDICAL EVALUATIONS

An independent medical evaluation or examination is a specialized assessment that is performed by a trained specialist to discover and determine the results of legal and administrative questions. Such evaluations are requested in the case of disability claims, workers compensation requests, and personal injury suits, as well as a variety of unique workplace circumstances. Independent medical evaluations are typically ordered to provide a fuller scope of understanding for your work-related injury or illness, assisting your employers, as well as yourself, in future decisions. Dr. Romanelli’s expert eye can comprehensively identify your workplace injury or illness to its fullest extent, gauging how you health will be affected in both the short and long term. Remember, this process is always done to serve you, the patient, first. By providing an honest and accurate assessment of your situation, Dr. Romanelli can paint a clearer picture of your health, allowing your employers, as well as yourself, to prepare for the future.

INDIVIDUALIZED RETURN-TO-WORK PROGRAM

A return-to-work (RTW) program allows employees to smoothly transition from their illness or injury to their work at full capacity, with a customized, temporary position that helps them prepare while they recover. A return-to-work program is developed with the expert advice of Dr. Romanelli to determine your body’s limits following injury or illness. The goal of a RTW program isn’t just to stay within your limits, but to slowly elevate your limits as you prepare to return to work full-time. RTW programs can range in capacity, starting from a very light duty capacity, or acting as a smooth buffer to ensure your capabilities before returning to work fully. RTW programs may provide full or part-time wages while enrolled, allowing you to build up your income while you build up your strength. Once your RTW program is completed, Dr. Romanelli will provide medical advice on returning to work and how to avoid reinjury in the future. If you’re still experiencing limitations or pain with certain tasks and movement, Dr. Romanelli can suggest modifications or alterations to your employers for your duties, or continue your RTW program in a limited capacity.

Dr. Romanelli’s work injury expertise lends a helping hand to a variety of occupational programs and issues, including:

  • Work injury surgery
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Automotive accident rehabilitation
  • Work illness rehabilitation
  • Workplace injury rehabilitation
  • Workplace disability
  • Workers compensation
  • Personal injury suits
  • Return-to-work programs
Sports Medicine and General Orthopaedic Surgeon