Functional Rehabilitation & Work Hardening
Source: WorkSTEPS, Inc.
As an extension of physical therapy the WorkSTEPS provider offers conditioning and job related rehabilitation exercises aimed at preventing reinjury are implemented
As an extension of physical therapy the WorkSTEPS provider offers conditioning and job related rehabilitation exercises aimed at preventing reinjury are implemented. Many patients have had months of inactivity with secondary deconditioning and are quite susceptible to reinjury. As a result, progressive cardiovascular exercises are implemented to improve aerobic conditioning. Also, work simulated exercise programs are implemented to reinforce the person's self-confidence, educate them to proper work related lifting techniques, and strengthen the muscles necessary for a permanent return to work. It has actually been documented that negligence regarding injury is negated significantly for employers who work with healthcare facilities that provide job simulation to ensure a safe return to work.
Furthermore, recent ADA case law has revealed that "light duty" policies are particularly suspect and may even be unlawful since they make no reference to actual function as it relates to the position in question. Through functional rehab, the patient's real limits can be determined and ADA compliance regarding light duty will not be a factor. The Providers of the WorkSTEPS program are among the best providers of rehabilitation and have been thoroughly screened for quality of service.
WorkSTEPS, Inc., 4545 Fuller Drive Suite 342, Irving, TX 75038. Tel: 972-887-0029; Fax: 972-887-0494.