While outpatient physical or occupational therapy treats worker injuries, once an injured worker's ability plateaus, there may still be deficits due to deconditioning.
Work conditioning is for when you reach that plateau but still have difficulties performing job functions. These cases may need a program that "fills the gap" and reduces the risk of re-injury.
Work conditioning is a functional, therapeutic intervention that seeks to reduce injuries by gradually increasing simulated work levels to a pre-injury level. While many clinics offer it, some only offer a general strength and conditioning program that may or may not prepare an injured worker for work. Memorial Industrial Rehab has developed a work conditioning clinic that is specifically designed to meet the needs of workers who have been injured.
The Memorial Industrial Rehab (MIR) work conditioning program is offered on a daily basis, and is overseen by senior occupational therapist, Don Rayhill, OTR/L. Don has 16 years of experience in work injury management. Occupational therapist Nathan Yeager, MOT, OTR/L assists with the work conditioning program and also provides hand therapy and ergonomic workspace analysis.
Experts about workers' compensation issues
MIR offers a continuum of services that primarily services injured workers. Our staff includes specialists trained in the areas of workers' compensation and understands the unique nature and characteristics of the workers' compensation population.
MIR's work conditioning program consists of functional exercises and simulated work activities. Daily sessions are two hours long and can progress to a longer simulated work day (four to six hours) as needed. The program progresses your functional work-related abilities allowing a timely and effective return to work. A program is usually around four to six weeks (or less), depending on the patient.