Saunders Therapy Centers Work Conditioning Programs

Regain Function and Return to Work with Saunders Therapy Centers

Saunders Therapy Centers’ mission is to identify and maximize the work-related functional abilities of those injured on the job. Communication is a hallmark of our service. We work closely with the client, physician, Qualified Rehabilitation Counselor (QRC), case manager, insurance adjuster, and employer to fully understand the unique requirements of each case.

Each of our clinics has a large gym area and equipment that allows us to evaluate work-related function and simulate job-related activities for nearly any job. The clinicians who provide these services are specially trained and very experienced. They understand industry, the workers compensation system, and the unique issues involved in work-related injuries. In addition to Work Conditioning, we offer a comprehensive menu of Industrial Rehabilitation and Evaluation services, including work hardening and functional capacity evaluation. We have clinics in Bloomington, Saint Paul, and Maple Grove in the Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Work Conditioning Client on Stairs

The Evaluation Process

Before beginning the Work Conditioning program, each client participates in a 2-hour evaluation. We obtain a thorough injury history, work history, psychosocial screening and baseline functional assessment covering lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying, upper extremity function, and body position capabilities. During this comprehensive evaluation, we get to know your job-related goals, and we will help you identify barriers to successful return to work.  We work together with you, your physician, and others as needed (e.g., QRC and/or employer) to develop a custom program. Saunders industrial rehabilitation teams customize the length of the program based on evaluation, availability of light or modified duty, and program goals.

Work Hardening vs. Work Conditioning

The results of the 2-hour evaluation help us determine which program is most appropriate. These two programs are essentially the same, in that they stress general fitness, endurance, and work simulation. The exact combination of these physical restoration elements is customized for each client.

In addition, many clients who have been off work for a long period of time are struggling with non-physical issues such as fear, anxiety, and even anger. If you are experiencing these challenges, you may be appropriate for our Work Hardening program. In addition to the above activities, you would have the option to participate in weekly group sessions with our psychologist to help deal with the many non-physical issues that work-injured individuals face. Work Hardening clients do not necessarily have psychological diagnoses or need psychological “counseling” – they may simply need a little support dealing with pain, fear, and stress that is often a natural consequence of being out of work and dealing with the worker’s compensation system.

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