He found that people usually expect a better workstation will solve problems inside the body, which may not true for many injuries. It seemed important to give a physical therapy consultation just like in the clinic, and adapt the workstation for the particular injury and the body stature. This approach to provide a safer workplace and allow people to manage their own injuries has resolved thousands of serious injuries that may have gone on to Claims.
His several distinctive innovations give the worker exactly what they need for productive and healthy work. He brings good clinical expertise exactly where it is needed, and adapts the existing workstation to make the best postures easier, usually without major changes.
Mr. Fitzsimmons received a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1984. He completed the Kaiser Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program in 1988, and practiced ten years of outpatient, orthopedic Physical Therapy practice for Kaiser. He provided PT and ergonomics consulting in their Occupational Health Clinic from 1994-1998.
His current research on sitting biomechanics includes measuring leg strength to find the best chair postures.
He managed two large-scale ergonomics program research grants at Kaiser Hospitals and Clinics from 1991-93.
His practice observing seated postures led to a publication in 2013, “Improving Field Observations of Spinal Posture in Sitting.” The article shows how to easily see spine posture in sitting, and the result is that we can easily decide how to adjust the chair and workstation for the safest, strongest and most productive postures for the body at work.