Work Hardening/Conditioning Program
Physical Rehabilitation in Maryland, Virginia, and the D.C. Area
When injured workers meet established short/long-term goals with physical or occupational therapy but are unable to return to work due to remaining functional deficits or deconditioning, they may benefit from a higher level of therapeutic intervention designed specifically with a primary goal of returning to work. 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. These are full body intensive conditioning programs that focus on work simulation activities to get injured workers back to work.
What is the work hardening program?
Work Hardening is a “highly structured, goal-oriented, individualized intervention program designed to return the patient/client to work. It utilizes real or simulated work activities designed to restore physical, behavioral and vocational functions.
What is the work conditioning program?
Work Conditioning is a “work relative, intensive, goal-oriented treatment program designed to restore an individual systemic neuromusculoskeletal (strength, endurance, movement, flexibility, and motor control) and cardiopulmonary functions.
- Return to work full time or modified duty
- Recommendation for further treatment
- Recommendation for job placement
- Recommendation for case closure
When to Refer
- Evaluate current functional capabilities after injury, surgery or treatment
- Provide job restrictions and/or job modification for return to work
- Compare present functional levels to functional job description
- Determine if musculoskeletal deficits effect functional abilities
- Identify consistency of effort and/or worker trait issues
- Assess symptom management and safety skills