Industrial Rehabilitation: 

Getting You Back to Work and Life

The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group's Industrial Rehabilitation Program focuses on the physical and behavioral rehabilitation of injured workers. Our goal is to return employees to the workplace in a safe and rapid manner using job-specific rehabilitation techniques.

Who We Are:

Our team is composed of licensed professionals providing high quality physical and behavioral care in an industrial rehabilitation setting. We strive to improve the work ethic of injured employees and return them to a healthy and employable condition so they may successfully rejoin the workforce.

What We Do:

  • Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs) – An FCE is a screening method used to determine an employee's ability to function in various job-related circumstances and tasks. These evaluations are conducted over 4-5 hours and are used to gauge an employee’s readiness to return to work.
  • Work Hardening – This program simulates a worker’s specific job functions to help reintroduce the employee into the work environment. Work Hardening includes both a physical and psychosocial component, where we have a licensed Professional Counselor available to assist with any stress factors experienced by the injured worker.
  • Work Conditioning – This is a 4-7 hour per day program spread over four weeks that requires an employee to clock in and complete work-related tasks to prepare them for their return to work. During these hours, the employee will focus on intensive conditioning and strengthening exercises to mirror the demands in the workplace.
 
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Why Do I Need Industrial Rehabilitation?

If you have suffered a work-related injury and have not been able to return to work following traditional physical therapy, your doctor may recommend industrial rehabilitation to facilitate your recovery. This type of program is a unique form of therapy referred to as either work hardening or work conditioning. Being off work for an extended period of time often results in deconditioning, which basically means that your body has adjusted to reduced physical activity during your recovery and now is having a hard time readjusting to the physical demands of your job. Activities to which you were accustomed before your injury may now be difficult to perform. Working for an entire day may seem impossible. You may still be experiencing some pain and feel uncertain about what activities you can safely perform. You may either be unable to return to your former employment or be required to return to a level of activity that is less strenuous than that of your previous employment requirements. Deconditioning is often not effectively treated using traditional physical therapy and this is where job-specific rehabilitation techniques can help.


What Our Patients Are Saying:

"They were very attentive to my situation." 

"I don't think I would have been able to return to work this early if it was not for this program."

"The program helped me meet my goals."
 

Questions About Our Program? Call (210) 396-5256