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The Work Hardening Program is a interdisciplinary program that is highly structured, goal-oriented, individually designed to return the person to work. Work Hardening program uses real or simulated work activities designed to restore physical, behavioural, and vocational functions. Work Hardening addresses the issues of productivity, safety, physical tolerances and work behaviours. The objective of the program is to restore the claimant’s physical capacity and function so the claimant can return to work.
A mini functional abilities evaluation (FAE) is performed to determine physical and functional capabilities and work tolerance. FAE assess the claimant’s level of participation, cooperation, and effort and include functional test components that assess safe maximal and safe repeatable performance levels.
In conjunction with the above this program involves the incorporation of the CFT method (Cognitive Functional Therapy approach). This approach targets the beliefs, fears and associated behaviors (both movement and lifestyle) of each individual. It leads the patient to be mindful that pain is not a reflection of damage, but rather sensitized structure that is fueled by hyper vigilance and negative beliefs, fears, lost hope, anxiety and avoidance, linked to maladaptive (provocative) movement and lifestyle behaviors.
Our program includes psychosocial screening to identify a claimant's behavioural and psychosocial needs.
The program length is 6-8weeks on average Monday through Friday, starting at 2 hours and progressing to 7 hours per day.