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: 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.
Benefits of Work Conditioning
Decreased risk for reinjury
Return to work conditioned and ready
Reduced lost work time after injury