Industrial Rehab + Work Hardening + FCE + PT/OT

When injured workers meet established short- and long-term goals via physical therapy or hand/occupational therapy but are unable to return to work due to remaining functional deficits or deconditioning, they may benefit from a higher level of therapeutic intervention designed specifically with a primary goal of returning to work. Injured workers who benefit most from these programs are usually at least 30 days out from their injury and have a medium or higher physical demand category job to return to. These are full body intensive conditioning programs that focus on work simulation activities to get injured workers back to work.

Work Hardening

A highly structured, goal-oriented, individualized intervention program designed to return the employee to work. Patients with physically demanding jobs, significant deconditioning, complex injuries, or other return to work barriers may require a more intensive intervention for a successful return to work. The Work Hardening Program utilizes real or simulated work activities designed to restore physical, behavioral, and vocational functions, as well as exercises/conditioning, therapy to injured areas, and education in ergonomics, safe body mechanics, and self-management of symptoms. Services are tailored to meet specific job demands and focus on safe return to the date-of-injury job. The client is usually seen for up to 4 hours at a time 4-5 times a week for an average of 20 visits. At discharge, the program provides a comprehensive assessment of ability to perform tasks of the particular job as well as overall work capacities (FCE).

Work Conditioning

An intensive, goal-oriented conditioning program designed to bridge the gap between advanced physical therapy and tolerance of 3-4 hours of daily activity in the Work Hardening Program. This program focuses on cardiovascular endurance and functional activities as well as strengthening, range of motion, motor control and safe performance of job activities. The primary objective of Work Conditioning is to progress the patient to the full Work Hardening Program, or, for clients with less demanding job requirements, to return the worker to their usual date-of-injury job. The client is usually seen for up to 2 hours at a time 2-4 times a week for an average of 2-3 weeks.

HOURS

Monday – Friday: 8AM – 5PM

 

LOCATION

Tucson Orthopaedic Institute – East Office
2424 North Wyatt Dr, Suite #130
Tucson, AZ 85712

industrialrehab@tucsonortho.com

(520) 784-6587

Treatment Options For Industrial Injuries

Acute Industrial Therapy focuses on treating symptoms and restoring function following an on the job injury or illness. Services can include Physical Therapy, Hand Therapy or Pool Therapy. Many injured workers will be able to return to work after acute therapy but they are more likely to make a successful transition when the therapist has an awareness of job demands and addresses critical work functions in treatment.

Patients with physically demanding jobs, significant deconditioning, complex injuries or other return to work barriers may require a more intensive intervention for a successful return to work. Work  hardening/Conditioning consists of daily exercise/conditioning, therapy to injured areas and ergonomic education. Services are tailored to meet specific job demands. At discharge, the program provides a comprehensive assessment of ability to perform tasks of a particular job as well as overall work capacities (FCE).

A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) assesses the worker’s capacity to perform specific job requirements and measures ability to do 27 common job­ related activities. An FCE provides objective foundation for return to work, fitness for duty and job modification determinations. An FCE is also a useful tool for patients with a questionable or complex clinical presentation.





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