The WORC Program…More than just PT!
Our mission is to assist business and industry in the return of the injured employee to work earlier and to decrease the chances of re-injury. The WORC Program provides a link between the injured worker, the medical community, caseworkers, the insurance carrier and the employer.
One of HPT’s specialty programs, WORC is more than a “work hardening program” and much more than “physical therapy”. WORC utilizes a team approach to assess the worker and develops valid and practical work simulations. Our focus is on case resolution.
When admitted to the program the injured worker attends WORC up to eight hours per day, five days per week, for an average of four weeks, meeting requirements much like those of their regular job. We work to establish an environment that is not pain-focused by utilizing a team approach the employer, caseworker, employee and family. Communication and reestablishing the worker role for the individual is the key to a smooth transition back to work.
The WORC Program is a three-phased process that establishes an environment focus on productivity and includes:
II. Conditioning/Work Simulation and Work Hardening
WORC Program Staff
The WORC Program staff has graduated from accredited schools with approved curriculum in physical therapy. We are licensed in these fields as required by West Virginia State Law. We have been providing Work Hardening for over 20 years. We have participated in continuing education courses recognized as essential for Functional Capacity Evaluations and Work Hardening.
WORC Program Facilities
Space is dedicated to work simulation tasks, education, motivation sessions, Nutritional group sessions, gymnasium, aquatic therapy, and videotaping.