If you have been injured at your workplace, you’re not alone. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 2.8 million private industry workers suffered injuries or illnesses in 2019. Nearly 300,000 workers reported muscle sprains, strains, or tears, 136,000 workers injured their backs, and almost 250,00 worker injuries resulted from falls. Work injuries, if left untreated, can lead to disability, chronic pain and can jeopardize your livelihood, career goals, and dreams. Renew Physical Therapy treats acute and chronic work-related injuries. Our team of therapists collaborates with your doctors and caseworker to streamline your treatment and work conditioning. 

Renew Physical Therapy has a unique perspective in the treatment of acute and chronic work-related injuries.  We focus on early therapeutic intervention of the acute injury, followed by discussing how the injury took place and the workplace environment. For example, an office worker may report neck or low back pain that worsened over time. Long hours sitting in a non-ergonomic office chair exacerbated by poor posture can result in neck and back pain. With therapist-guided postural correction and the retraining of the neuro-muscular movement and postural patterns, the worker can return to their job-specific function with better strength and posture than before the injury.

Another way to understand our work conditioning philosophy is to compare a work injury to a sports injury. We treat the injured worker using the same principles we use to train injured athletes for competitive performance.  Treatments are tailored and individualized to focus on work-related goals, all the while minimizing injury risk. Once the working-athlete has progressed through traditional physical therapy, they still lack the full functionality required to perform their specific job duties. The goals of a work conditioning program are to restore the patient’s physical capacity and functional abilities, so they can return to work without fear of re-injuring themselves. 

Our goal is to get you back to work as soon as possible, but not before you are ready. In work conditioning, the working-athlete performs simulated work tasks in the clinic under the watchful eye of a physical therapist. An individualized program helps patients regain their systemic, neurological, cardio-pulmonary, and musculoskeletal functions. This includes strength, mobility, power, endurance, motor control, and functional abilities. Our work conditioning program is two hours per day, five days per week. At the end of the program, patients report a greater awareness of their bodies and greater confidence. Our therapists teach patients how to work smart and be safe. 

Renew’s aggressive case management, client education, and integrated physical therapy approach followed by work conditioning facilitate a successful transition back to work. If you are interested in participating in a client-centered and empowering return-to-work program, please contact us and have your claim number and claim manager contact information ready.

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