Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Work Hardening/Conditioning?
Work Hardening/Conditioning is a structured, goal oriented, job simulated exercise and workout program that is customized to you in relation to your injury and job demands in order to safely return you back to work as soon as possible and to help you achieve your maximum physical potential.
What is the difference between my regular therapy and WH/C?
Outpatient therapy will focus on your specific injury/diagnosis. The Work Hardening/Conditioning program will focus on both the injury and your entire body allowing you to return back to work full time at full duty.
How long will this program last?
Program frequency and duration depends upon your specific injury and the job you are returning to, averaging 3-4 weeks.
How long is each session?
Each session length is also dependent upon your s specific injury and the job you are returning to, ranging from 2 to 6 hours.
Where will I perform Work Hardening/Conditioning?
Work Hardening/Conditioning programs are performed at all of our 15 clinic locations in the SE Wisconsin and NE Illinois markets.
I’m already working full time…why do I need to do WH/C?
Work Hardening/Conditioning programs are more aggressive programs incorporating therapeutic exercises, lifting training, endurance, with focus on safety and injury prevention to minimize injuries when returning to work and will assist you in returning to work without restrictions.
Why do I need specific evaluation?
When entering into the Work Hardening/Conditioning program, a Industrial Rehabilitation specialist will perform a comprehensive evaluation specific to you and tailor your program based on your physical abilities and job you are returning to.
Why will I be asked if I have a history of blood pressure or heart problems?
This information is very important as some of the exercises may increase your heart rate and/or blood pressure. We need to ensure your health and safety during all therapeutic exercises.
What should I bring to my first WH/C appointment?
- Referral from your doctor
- Any pertinent medical history information
- A list of current medications you are taking
Any additional questions or concerns you may have about WH/C. Your Ind. Rehab Specialist will take the time to answer them and make sure you are comfortable with the program. We are here for YOU and to ensure you have the BEST experience possible.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable tennis shoes, T-shirt, work out pants/shorts and feel free to bring any specific tools/equipment that you may use on the job.
Knee pads, tool belts, hand tools, etc.
What will I be doing?
Injury specific and general strengthening exercises, stretching exercises, postural exercises/education, cardiovascular conditioning exercises, job simulation exercises, and performing lifting and carrying as you would at work.