Work Conditioning

We restore the client’s physical capacity and function to enable the client to return to work.

What is Work Conditioning?

A work-related, goal-oriented treatment program designed specifically to restore an individual’s neuromusculoskeletal functions (joint integrity/mobility, muscle performance including strength, power and endurance, motor control/learning, range of motion/ flexibility) and cardiopulmonary functions.” APTA & WA L&I

The goal is to restore the client’s physical capacity and function to enable the client to return to work.

 

When determining if a candidate is appropriate for Work Conditioning, we consider the following*:

  • RISK – is the patient at risk of re-injury or causing injury to co-workers?
  • CAPACITY – can the patient meet the minimum job requirements?
  • TOLERANCE – what is the patient’s ability to perform tasks given their subjective complaints & pain level?

 

* AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Work Ability and Return to Work

Our Work Conditioning program features:

  • A return to work focus
  • Consistent documentation tool
  • Conditioning up to 2 hours/day and 3-5 days/ week
  • Typical program duration is 4-6 weeks
  • Program may include equipment from the employer to use in the clinic for work simulation
  • Weekly communication with case manager/physician/carrier