WORK HARDENING / CONDITIONING
Work hardening and work conditioning are intensive rehabilitation programs that prepare the worker physically and mentally to return to work.
Work hardening & Work conditioning are both intensive rehabilitation programs that prepare the worker physically and mentally to return to work.
Work-hardening and work-conditioning are used within Sinexus in the form of graded work tasks which will progressively improve the biomechanical, metabolicneuromuscular, cardiovascular and psychosocial functions of the client in conjunction with real or simulated work activities. These work activities are done at STO specific work-rehabilitation centers. They provide a transition between acute care and return to work while addressing the issues of productivity, safety, physical tolerance and worker behaviors. Our Bio-Psychosocial Approach to our curative programs ensures that we understand the diversity of outcomes and are able to identify the obstacles that may delay recovery after an injury. This approach allows optimal intervention and treatment.
Our clients and patients really need to understand that reduced functional capacity does no longer imply, or to be equal to the disability. Psycho-social factors can have a major effect on the outcome and recovery. Physical as well as Psychological effects should all be considered for minor incidents can impact significantly on a person, bestowing greater impairment or disability.
WORK CONDITIONING IS USUALLY FOR SHORTER PERIODS AND TYPICALLY FOCUSES ON ONE OR TWO ASPECTS OF CONDITIONING, E.G. CARDIOVASCULAR FITNESS, CONCENTRATION OR KNEE RANGE OF MOVEMENT.
We use conditioning tasks that are graded to progressively improve the biomechanical, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, metabolic and psycho -social functions of the patient through real or simulated work activities.
It provides the transition between acute care and return to work while addressing the issues of productivity, safety, physical tolerances and worker behaviors.
Work conditioning is a highly structured, goal orientated, individualized treatment program designed to maximize an individual’s ability to return to work.
REGULAR, AND EVEN DAILY ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED IN WORK HARDENING PROGRAMS.
Simulated activities are structured into a half day programs to address client specific, work-related physical and mental demands inherent to the patient’s normal work tasks.
The worker participates in these simulated activities, while rate of performance, ability, safety and accuracy of execution are measured and recorded.
Goals are constantly adapted, and tasks
are progressively graded according to the worker’s progress to ensure progressive advancement towards more hardened, strenuous and complex aspects of the program.