Work Conditioning: Rehab That WORKS!

What is Work Conditioning?

A structured, DAILY program consisting of:

  • Physical Conditioning
  • Ergonomics Training
  • Safe work practice education
  • Self-treatment instruction on how to handle inevitable flare-ups at work and prevent re-injury
  • An integral step in the physical recovery of the injured worker
  • Individualized training based on the worker’s specific job

Work Conditioning is NOT:

  • Continuation of Physical or Occupational Therapy
  • A two or three day per week program (unless there is a medical reason to limit it)
  • Work Hardening (there is a difference!)

Previous studies have indicated that someone who has been out of work for 6 months has only a 50% probability of returning to work. However, recent studies are showing that the same probability can occur as early as 6 weeks lost time.

When to Refer for Work Conditioning:

  • Injured worker’s treatment is complete or plateaued, but worker has not been released to return to work
  • Injured worker is released to modified duty, but employer does not offer transitional duty
  • After an invalid FCE – work conditioning will determine sustainability and allow the worker an opportunity to practice work tasks & gain confidence to return to work.
  • After a Fit for Duty exam has indicated a deficit which prevents the employee from returning to full duty work safely.

For more information about how work conditioning can prevent the need for an FCE and promote a successful return to work earlier, contact us: or call our office: 919-256-1400.

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What Our Clients Have to Say About Us

“As a Nurse Case Manager, I find the work conditioning program at Job Ready Services to be the GOLD STANDARD. Excellent communication from the staff regarding progression or lack of progression of the injured worker is provided on a regular basis and this has led to great success with return to work or identification of injuries that will not allow them to return to their previous work assignment. The staff is trained in X-RTS methods for doing Functional Capacity Evaluations which is extremely helpful. Excellent staff, easy referral process, and great source of communication!”

– Vicki Hewitt-McNeil, NCM

“After eleven years of interpreting for workers’ comp, I have seen many facilities that treat injured people. I know the Doctors, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Work Conditioning Places that are part of the network for workers’ comp. With that knowledge I know where I would go if I were in need. The only place I would go for work conditioning is Job Ready Services, because I have not seen any place that offers the superior service that Job Ready Services offers. Vincent, the therapist in charge, is constantly observing the patients and watching that they use the correct posture, using the correct mechanics, and lifting the correct…”

– Arabela Olivares Coble

“We partnered with Job Ready Services in 2015 to establish the job analysis for all of our major jobs groups and implement Work Steps pre-employment testing at all of our locations.  This program has allowed us to improve a candidate’s chances of success by determining whether or not they can safely perform the essential functions of the position.  Over the past few years, we have realized a reduction in injuries and a significant decrease in our MOD rate.  We believe Job Ready Services has been a key component of our success as we strive to provide a safe and healthy working environment for the Coastal Crew.”

– Audrey J. Robbins-Bledsoe, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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