Workplace injuries are a frequent and serious occurrence. Every year workers are injured on the job, which can result in medical bills, lost income, and a long recovery to previous physical health. To help injured workers return to their job as quickly as possible, physical therapists at Ogden Clinic offer patients across Utah work hardening and conditioning programs.
There are many different kinds of workplace injuries, some of the most common including:
Work conditioning is a goal-oriented program which aims to restore patients’ physical capabilities, so they can return to their pre-injury job. This program is intense and focuses on restoring neuromuscular and musculoskeletal function. A work conditioning program helps patients improve their strength, endurance, range of motion, and motor control.
Work hardening is very similar to work conditioning, with just a few differences. It is also a goal-oriented program which is designed to return an employee to work. Work hardening increases a person’s strength and endurance, but goes one step further, by also addressing issues with safety, work habits and behaviors, physical tolerances, and productivity.
By taking this comprehensive approach, a work hardening program not only prepares a patient to physically return to work, but improves his/her behavioral and vocational functions. This will allow a patient to not only perform his/her pre-injury job, but actively prevent future injuries and accidents. An example would be a grocery store worker being shown by his/her therapist proper lifting technique to stock items of various sizes and weights. This task builds strength, while also providing the patient with the knowledge to prevent a future lifting strain.
Candidates for a work hardening program at Ogden Clinic are those who are least 30 days out from their injury and are trying to return to a medium to high physically demanding job. If you would like for more information about a comprehensive physical therapy program to return to your job following a workplace injury, contact us at Ogden Clinic in Utah to learn about our work hardening and conditioning programs.