The work/industrial rehabilitation program helps in assessing the work capability of individuals, restore normal functional activities, and help to return to work quick following an injury. Rehabilitation program is as important as medical intervention however there exists lack of awareness of the importance and benefits of work rehabilitation following medical/surgical therapy.
Individual’s behavioural and vocational dysfunctions are made to undergo a process called as work hardening. This process determines flexibility, strength, coordination, and work-related functions for the global outcome of return to work. It helps in restoring joint movements, muscle strengths, aerobic capacity, blood circulation, ventilation, and respiration/gas exchange.
The work hardening procedures help you to
In addition to the work hardening technique another process known as functional capacity evaluations (FCE's) are also performed. The FCE helps to develop a person’s ability to work on the sensible tasks.
Functional capacity evaluations enable the physical therapist to determine:
The assessments done for reporting FCE are
At times, occupational therapist may visit the work place which helps in better understanding of the potential hazards and modify treatment accordingly.