Work Conditioning Programs
- Half Day Program Used to Return Employees to Full Employment
- Improve Worker's Functional Status Though Strength, Cardiovascular Endurance and Flexibility
- Structured Independent Program or Can Be Used Cooperatively with Work Hardening
Work Conditioning Programs are appropriate for employees that are at 30-180 days post accident or injury and still have not returned to full duty. In order to qualify for these programs the employee must have a job to return to and are working half days/ light duty. This program, different than Work Hardening Program, is a series of systematic, gradually progressive, strengthening and conditioning exercises with a minor emphasis on work-related activities performed with proper body mechanics to physically and psychologically recondition the employee in order to facilitate a return to full employment.
Work Conditioning Programs generally range from 3-5 days per week for 2-4 hours per treatment depending on the severity of the injury; the time lapsed since the injury onset, and the physical demand requirements of the job. The ultimate goal is to help employees build up enough flexibility, strength and endurance to tolerate a full work schedule.