When injury impairs a worker’s ability to do his or her job, work conditioning can help. Acknowledged as a very effective form of treatment in the recent Workers’ Compensation Medical Treatment Utilization, Official Disability Guidelines (ODG), Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS), and American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) guidelines, work conditioning therapies are custom-designed to accurately simulate the work environment and help the patient perform his or her job more efficiently or restore function to pre-injury levels.
Work conditioning programs include these components:
– Specific analysis of job demands
– Aerobic conditioning to increase stamina
– Job-specific functional training
– Strengthening exercises
– Flexibility training