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Work Rehab 

The purpose of a work rehab program (aka Work Hardening or Work Conditioning) is to assist the injured worker achieve the strength and stamina requirements of their job. 

A typical work rehab participant is a person who performs a very physical job and has experienced a significant injury. In these cases, physical therapy alone is often not enough to get them back to a full duty job.

In additon to working with traditional weight machines a work rehab program has a strong emphasis on work simulation. By placing the injured worker in positions they adopt at work and using equipment the same way they do at work we are better able to prepare their body for the specific demands of their job. 

Pain Science: Workability is a leader in the implementation of new advances in our understanding of how our body processes pain. These new advances in neuroscience show that we have a much greater ability to control pain than we previously thought. Through education and the application of a few simple techniques, participants are able to learn how to turn off their pain. Injured workers who are experiencing higher than expected levels of pain or pain that lasts longer than expected are provided with 2-3 educational sessions on pain science prior to starting a rehab propgram

Workability provides work rehab programs out of our Flynn Avenue offive in Burlington. We have also teamed up with several physical therapy clinics around the state of Vermont to provide work rehab. These clinics include:

- Dan Wyand Physical Therapy (Lyndonville)

- Long Trail Physical Therapy (Middlebury, Milton)

- Freedom Physical Therapy (Newport)

- RehabGym (Barre)

- BEFit Physical Therapy (White River Junction)

- Back on Track Physical Therapy (Rutland

- Bennington Physical Therapy (Bennington)


Initial Evaluation: Assess current work capacity and deficits. 
Worksite Visit/Team Meeting: Assess job requirements, work activities and barriers to returning work. Explore light duty options. Discuss a plan for returning to work. Participants typically include; employer/supervisor, case manager, occupational therapist and injured worker.
Program 2-3 hours per day x 5 days per week in the clinic with an additional 4-6 hours per day at work or home performing selected activities.
Final Testing Performed at the end of the rehab program.
Follow-up Visit to worksite 1 month after the completion of the work hardening program.


For physicians wanting to refer a patient for the Work Hardening program, the referral can read: “Work Hardening” or “Occupational Therapy Evaluation.”