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Work Hardening and Work Conditioning

No one wants a partial fix to a complex problem. Returning a partially rehabilitated worker is just not good business.  It invites re-injury and frustration for the worker and the employer.  In some cases, depending on the severity of an injury, return to work may be longer than desired, and may result in muscle or cardiovascular deconditioning.

We tailor our reintegration programs to reflect the task-specific essential functions of an employee’s job.  IHS offers both work conditioning and work hardening programs that helps an injured worker fully recover from an injury. Designed to help an injured employee return to work in a safe and timely manner, these programs focus on strength, flexibility, endurance, body mechanics and job simulation.   At the conclusion of the rehabilitation process, some employees still lack the ability to return to their original job due to some remaining deficits or deconditioning. These are intensive conditioning programs that focus on simulating work activities to restore physical, behavioral, and vocational functions.  Work Hardening is a highly structured program that addresses productivity, safety, physical tolerances and behaviors. Work Conditioning focuses on the impairment level and restoring strength, range of motion, flexibility, and balance.  This is a thorough, focused and intensive program to restore physical capacity and function to a pre-injury level as well as to mitigate recidivism.



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