Do you need a work hardening program in Windsor?
The team at Berton Physiotherapy & Chiropractic has years of experience implementing work conditioning and work hardening programs in Windsor. We help clients who have experienced pain and musculoskeletal injuries return to their full job duties after being off work for extended periods of time. We have successfully helped individuals who have suffered motor vehicle accidents and work-related injuries return to work quickly and safely.
So if you’re in need of work hardening in Windsor then call Team Berton 519-966-8200
What is Work Hardening and Work Conditioning?
A Work Hardening Program is a physiotherapy-based and active rehabilitation program that is individually designed for clients who have not returned to their full job duties after being off work a lengthy period of time due to musculoskeletal injuries and pain. Many patients who participate in a work hardening program have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or work-related injury.
The work hardening program helps to increase an individual’s strength and flexibility. This is done through exercises and work-simulated tasks to allow for a faster and safer return to work. Education for proper body mechanics and risk factors for injury are also addressed. This is to ensure that a worker returns to work quickly and safely while preventing reoccurrences of injury.
The goal of a work hardening program:
- Educate clients regarding effective pain management
- Increase range of motion, flexibility, and strength of affected area(s)
- Improve functional abilities and physical ability to work
- Educate and demonstrate safe techniques (ie. lifting, carrying) and proper biomechanics with functional activities to reduce the risk of injury
- Improve cardiovascular conditioning
- Perform work-simulated movements specific to client occupation to ensure proper biomechanics
- Gradually return client to pre-accident/injury state
Components of a Work Hardening Program:
- Education sessions that focus on hurt vs. harm, proper body mechanics related to work tasks, work pacing, and injury prevention. The client will also be educated regarding optimal posture, back and neck care, pain management during work tasks.
- Supportive treatment may be used by the physiotherapists and assistants (when required), to alleviate pain, decrease inflammation, and promote healing. The modalities consist of Ultrasound, acupuncture, interferential current, laser, heat/cold, and manual techniques.
- Structured exercise program, including a range of motion, flexibility, stability, focusing on strengthening, and conditioning exercises, which are progressed upon patient’s tolerance. The exercise program is performed in a supervised environment and using various gym equipment (pulleys, resistance bands, free weights, stability ball, strengthening machines, treadmills, stationary bikes, steps, wobble boards).
- Work simulated tasks are designed according to essential tasks that are required on regular duties. A Physical Demands Analysis (PDA) is completed with the client and employer’s input (ideal). The physiotherapist will create specific job simulation tasks which are initially supervised and will be progressed in frequency, load, and duration.
- Develop a home exercise program. Upon completing this program, the client is instructed on continuing ROM, flexibility, stability, strengthening, and conditioning exercises, at home, at his own pace. The client should be able to apply learned strategies of pain management and use the correct ergonomics and body mechanics with work tasks.
Recommended Length of Work Hardening Program
Most commonly, a Work Hardening Program is recommended at 3-5 sessions per week, for 6-8 weeks, depending on the participant’s level and type of job to which participant returns to. The client is expected to spend from 1 to 3 up to 4 hours in the facility. The length of the session will gradually increase, as the worker’s exercise tolerance and functional abilities are improving. These sessions can be optimally provided up to 8 hours/day, with a frequency of 5 days/week for 8 weeks.
At Berton Physiotherapy & Chiropractic you can rest assured that our experience and track record of implementing work-hardening programs in Windsor has helped many of our patients return to work safely. We’re ready to help you too. Contact us today.