Thanks to an ongoing relationship with O2X, when the Dedham Fire Department recently started seeing an uptick in shoulder, back, and hip injuries, they knew exactly how to combat the rising issue before it became a problem.
Instead of panicking, they called on O2X Injury Prevention Specialists to come in and provide targeted training for reducing and mitigating shoulder, back, and hip injuries, as well as helping members get back to work more quickly after sustaining injury.
Due to the inherent nature of the job, firefighters are at risk for musculoskeletal injuries, but O2X specialists are able to address why firefighters are at risk, and what preventative measures they can take to limit the risk.
For the Dedham firefighters, O2X specialists provided them with prehabilitation plans that target those areas and can be incorporated into their daily routines.
Firefighters were also able to ask O2X Team members any questions they had, and they also went through a Movement Screening to help identify any existing issues or potential areas of risk.
The Dedham Fire Department protects a small suburban community that borders the city of Boston. The agency staffs two engine companies and two ladder companies from two stations and has just over 60 full-time firefighters on staff. For over three years, O2X has partnered with DFD to provide creative solutions for this small department that cares very deeply about the health, wellness, and performance of their members.