Work Rehabilitation

As defined by the American Physical Therapy Association, work hardening is “a highly structured, goal-oriented, individualized intervention program designed to return the patient/client to work. Work Hardening programs, which are multidisciplinary in nature, use real or simulated work activities designed to restore physical, behavioral, and vocational functions. Work Hardening addresses the issues of productivity, safety, physical tolerances, and worker behaviors.”

When an injury threatens your ability to work and earn a living, it can throw your whole life off balance. But when you trust your therapy to Southeastern Physical Therapy, you can trust we will get you back to work as quickly as possible.

Southeastern PT developed a unique “return to work” program that goes beyond standard worker’s comp procedures, featuring a work-hardening gym that mimics a patient’s actual work environment. Standard therapy gets you to a certain point, but that’s not the same as preparing you for the exact motion or stress you’ll face on the job. One wall holds a chrome wheels and port holes used by shipyard patients. Other stations fill the space with shoveling activities, jack hammer reenactments, full-gear firefighting maneuvers, and pipe repair work for plumbers. Patients with a retail job even find shelves to stock.

Our Work Conditioning program offers customized, work related, highly-structured, goal-oriented treatment, specifically designed to restore your ability to perform your job. Our therapist have the necessary knowledge and experience to deliver better work-related therapy outcomes, faster. When you choose Southeastern Physical Therapy, you can expect a safe transition back to work and the education to prevent reinjury.

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Worker’s Compensation Program

  • Work Hardening/Conditioning
  • Coordination of Care with Physicians, Case Managers, Employers and Patients
  • Early and Safe Return to Work
  • Decrease Lost Work Time
  • Competitive Pricing to Minimize Rehabilitation Costs
  • Simulated Work Tasks
  • Documentation to Facilitate Case Closure

Work-related Musculo-Skeletal disorders treated include:

  • Strains and Sprains
  • Neck and Back Injuries
  • Post-Surgical and Post-Fracture Care
  • Neurological Dysfunction
  • Catastrophic-Multiple Injury Care


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