Work Conditioning

Makovicka Physical Therapy’s Work Conditioning program returns patients to work quickly and safely.  Work Conditioning is an intensive, goal-oriented, work-related conditioning program designed to restore neuromuscular and musculoskeletal function, including strength, power, endurance, range of motion, cardiovascular endurance, and functional ability. Research has shown that employees who have gone through work conditioning have a decreased risk for re-injury and return to work sooner.

“The goal of the work conditioning program at Makovicka Physical Therapy is to
seamlessly transition injured workers from one of our 19 existing locations into
our centrally located work conditioning center(s). By utilizing specialized equipment,
uniquely trained staff, dedicated space, work-specific movements and
cardiovascular training is enhanced to return the injured worker to their job
quicker and with a reduced risk for re-injury or secondary injury.”

                                                   Chris Cameron, PT, DPT is a board-certified orthopaedic clinical specialist and Director of Occupational Health at Makovicka Physical Therapy


Work Conditioning is a highly structured, job-specific work simulation performed daily for 3-4 hours per visit. There is ongoing communication between the team comprised of the injured employee, case manager, provider, and Makovicka Physical Therapy Occupational Health.

There are some common questions about work conditioning answered below:

Q:  What is work conditioning? 
It is a program that utilizes real and simulated work activities to help you return to your prior level of function while minimizing the risk of re-injury.

Q: How long is the program?

The program is a 3-4 hour program that is implemented 3 to 5 times a week, depending on what the physician prescribes.

Q: Is pain addressed during work conditioning?
Yes, we have different modalities that we can provide to help address pain.
Q: Who participates in the work conditioning program?
Patients who got injured on the job, patients who have a job that requires them to lift at least 50 lbs on a daily basis, and patients who are not working full duty. Our work conditioning program helps our patients transition from light duty to full duty.
Q: How do I know I am ready to transition to the work conditioning program?
This is a conversation each patient should have with his or her therapist for the client to transition at the right time. The main factors to look at when thinking about transitioning to work conditioning are a range of motion, responsibilities on the job, and duty level.
Q:  Where does Makovicka Physical Therapy provide work conditioning?
Work conditioning is conveniently provided at the company’s Occupational Health Centers in Omaha and Lincoln.

Benefits of Work Conditioning

Decreased risk for reinjury

Return to work conditioned and ready



Reduced lost work time after injury