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What is Work Hardening?

Work Hardening is a systematic program of gradually progressive, work related activities performed with proper body mechanics to physically and psychologically recondition the client in order to facilitate return to full employment. The Work Hardening Program benefits clients who are presently out of work, or who are working at less than full capacity due to a recent or long term injury.

What does the evaluation consist of?

An integrated Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy evaluation to assess the client's musculoskeletal status, physical capacities and endurance while performing work simulated tasks. Vocational counseling is used to obtain a comprehensive work history, define specific goals, contact the employer, and do a work site visit. Psychology assists with issues that might effect an individual's receiving full benefit from the program and a smooth transition back to work.

What treatment is involved?

The treatment program involves therapeutic exercise and extensive education in proper body mechanics. These two aspects are then applied to work simulation tasks in preparation for return to work. The program will include job analysis as appropriate.

What is the duration of treatment?

Clients are seen 4-8 hours per day, 5 days a week. The length of the program is approximately 5 weeks, however, this may vary based on an individual's needs which are assessed at weekly team conferences.

Last Updated: 03/07/01 | ©2000 Northeast Rehabilitation Health Network