Return to Work Program
Work Conditioning/Work Hardening
The WCS Return to Work Program is an individualized exercise based rehabilitation program designed to promote maximal physical adaptation and work capacity. With a treatment frequency of 5 days per week for 2-4 hours, patients quickly realize considerable functional gains due to two key factors. First, a low patient to provider ratio allows for individualized focused rehabilitation and education in a positive and empowering environment. Second, WCS combines Orthopedic Physical Therapy techniques along with contemporary Exercise Science principles within a controlled delivery system. The unique combination of these factors promotes maximal improvements in work and physical capacity in a time efficient manner.
Functional Capacity Evaluation: A four hour one-on-one test to determine a client’s maximal functional capabilities which are then compared to actual work requirements obtained from a job description. Testing includes: Patient history, anthropometrics testing, active and passive range of motion assessment, orthopedic testing, functional strength and endurance testing. Objective measures, physical demand rating, and return to work ability with or without restrictions are detailed in a concise, easy to read format.
Physical Therapy: A “hands-on”, exercise based program with utilization of appropriate modalities performed by Physical Therapists to improve joint mobility, overall range of motion, baseline strength, and to normalize neuromuscular coordination. This program is typically performed as early intervention for both pre- and post surgical clients or in the acute phases of an injury. Orthopedic assessment is ongoing and specific objective goals for return to pre-injury function (ADL’s/work) are established by the Physical Therapist.