Work Conditioning: Rehab That WORKS!

What is Work Conditioning?

A structured, DAILY program consisting of:

  • Physical Conditioning
  • Ergonomics Training
  • Safe work practice education
  • Self-treatment instruction on how to handle inevitable flare-ups at work and prevent re-injury
  • An integral step in the physical recovery of the injured worker
  • Individualized training based on the worker’s specific job

Work Conditioning is NOT:

  • Continuation of Physical or Occupational Therapy
  • A two or three day per week program (unless there is a medical reason to limit it)
  • Work Hardening (there is a difference!)

Previous studies have indicated that someone who has been out of work for 6 months has only a 50% probability of returning to work. However, recent studies are showing that the same probability can occur as early as 6 weeks lost time.

When to Refer for Work Conditioning:

  • Injured worker’s treatment is complete or plateaued, but worker has not been released to return to work
  • Injured worker is released to modified duty, but employer does not offer transitional duty
  • After an invalid FCE – work conditioning will determine sustainability and allow the worker an opportunity to practice work tasks & gain confidence to return to work.
  • After a Fit for Duty exam has indicated a deficit which prevents the employee from returning to full duty work safely.