Work Hardening & Conditioning
Work Hardening is totally a specialized program with a different focus from post-injury therapy.
The main focus is to get the worker in work shape to successfully return to their pre-injury job.
Practically the primary job functions are simulated in the clinic with indirect supervision from PT.
This should be done in a group setting in which each patient is working on their job-specific tasks required to get them back to their professional life.
Work Hardening is an ideal way to get a recovered patient back to work at the time of minimizing the potentials of re-injury.
Though it is similar to work hardening yet usually it comes before. Work Conditioning is generally performed within the course of post injury therapy and usually contains certain work tasks that have to be performed as a part of the routine therapy treatment.