work hardening and conditioning

EXPEDITING THE RETURN TO WORK

The overall objective of work conditioning or work hardening is to restore the physical capacity and function of the worker to work fully and safely. When determining whether an individual is a candidate for work conditioning, a variety of factors should be considered including the physical demand of the job and the worker should demonstrate continued progression throughout the acute physical therapy or hand/occupational therapy. The worker also must be ready to begin job-specific, progressive endurance, and conditioning exercises along with education about body mechanics and work safety guidelines. Injured workers who benefit most from these programs are usually at least 30 days out from their injury and have a medium or higher physical demand category job to return to.

WORK HARDENING

A highly structured, goal-oriented, individualized intervention program designed to return the employee to work. Our Work Hardening programs are multidisciplinary in nature and utilize real or simulated work activities designed to restore physical, behavioral and vocational functions. Work Hardening addresses the issues of productivity, safety, physical tolerances and worker behaviors.

WORK CONDITIONING

An intensive, goal-oriented conditioning program designed to restore neuromuscular and musculoskeletal function including: strength, power, endurance, joint mobility, ROM, motor control, cardiovascular endurance, and functional abilities. The primary objective of the Work Conditioning program is to restore physical capacity and function to enable the injured worker to return to his or her pre-injury job.