Work Hardening Physical Therapy
When injured employees have been out of work for a while, s/he can't be expected to hit the floor running at 100% when they return -- especially if their work is very physical. A work hardening physical therapy program will provide a valuable transition between acute after-injury care and the employee's return to work.
Work hardening therapy is a goal-oriented, individualized treatment program designed to return an employee to work safely. work hardening physical therapy programs use real or simulated work activities to help restore full work function.
Because work hardening therapy is highly structured and involve a team working to get an employee back to work, work hardening programs are more expensive and time-intensive than simpler return-to-work programs. But their cost pales in comparison to failed attempts to bring employees back to work after a long hiatus.