Work Conditioning/ Work Hardening
Work Conditioning physical therapy programs address the physical issues of flexibility, strength, endurance, coordination, and work-related function for a successful return to work.
Work conditioning programs are:
- Single discipline
- 2-4 hours per day
- Focus on strengthening, and endurance
- May include work-related activities
- Precedes Work Hardening in some cases
Work Hardening physical therapy programs are interdisciplinary and address the physical, functional, behavioral and vocational needs of the injured worker, for a successful return to work.
Work hardening programs are:
- 4-8 hours per day
- Focus on work simulation
- Job description using Dictionary of Occupational Titles
- Vocational counseling
- Behavioral and psychological management
- Educational sessions, which include nutrition, videos, and financial planning
In the above given video, an inventory task is being performed in a work simulated setting at a warehouse. The client is being tested for his posture and body mechanics while lifting different heavy weights at various heights. We can further test his endurance level, fatigue tolerance, and agility skills.
Other features pertaining to work hardening and conditioning programs:
- Goal Setting
- Weekly Progress Reports
- Customized Programs
- Certification of Completion of Program
- Ergonomics Training
- Safe Body Mechanics Training
OUR PROGRAM PROVIDES A REAL WORK SETTING ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE REQUIRED FOR A SUCCESSFUL RETURN TO WORK.