Worker’s Compensation

Occupational Health Work Conditioning

The Makovicka Difference

We are leaders in our profession, locally owned and operated by physical therapists who forge relationships with patients, and advocate for their care. All of our clinics have board-certified specialists on staff, meaning you get the highest level of care to maximize your recovery, and get you back to your game. We will listen, evaluate your symptoms, and create a personalized physical therapy program to meet your needs and improve your function, strength, and mobility.

Physical therapy is often an important component of helping injured employees return to work. Makovicka Physical Therapy’s Occupational Health Program provides important rehabilitation services along with ongoing, streamlined communication between employer/case manager, employee, and physician.

Makovicka Physical Therapy’s Work Conditioning program returns patients to work quickly and safely.  Research has shown that employees who have gone through work conditioning have a decreased risk for re-injury and return to work sooner.

There are some common questions about work conditioning that we answer 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?
Clients who got injured on the job, clients who have a job that requires them to lift at least 50 lbs on a daily basis, and clients who are not working full duty. Our work conditioning program helps our clients 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 client 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.
Makovicka Physical Therapy provides important services to help keep employees safe and productive on the job and helps to get employees back to work sooner and safely after injury. Call one of the Occupational Health Centers for more information:  Omaha- 402-884-7453 and Lincoln- 402-325-6341.