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Return to Work Program

The Return to Work Program offers a specialized physical and occupational therapy program focused on treating individuals with a wide range of diagnoses for the purpose of recovering, and increasing functional abilities and independence with activity at work and home.

Who Uses Return to Work Services

Persons with various musculoskeletal or neurological injuries:

  • Spinal pain
  • Knee pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Hip pain
  • Wrist, hand, and elbow injuries
  • Ankle and foot injuries
  • Muscular weakness or diseases
  • Cardiopulmonary deconditioning

Services Summarized


  • Work hardening
  • Functional capacity assessments
  • Functional performance evaluations

Activities of Daily Living (ADL)

  • ADL assessment and training
  • Educational instruction in posture and body mechanics
  • Home safety evaluations
  • Functional activity training

Job Site

  • Job coaching
  • Work site analysis
  • Ergonomic assessments
  • Pro-active injury prevention

Return to Work Services Explained

We provide a full array of work related therapy services. Our services do more than fix problems, we prevent them.

Work Conditioning
Restores flexibility, strength, and coordination with a goal-oriented treatment program geared to getting an injured worker back to good health. Work-focused training increases physical tolerance for the individual’s job and teaches proper body mechanics and posture.Task analysis identifies work capabilities, or restrictions to maximize the individual’s performance.

Functional Capacity Evaluation
Identifies if a person’s physical abilities match the demands of a specific job and predicts maximum performance of their everyday activities.

Work Hardening
Job simulation-based training designed to bridge the gap between a worker’s physical abilities, and their required job tasks. Includes functional training, task specific work activities, flexibility and strengthening exercises, and aerobic conditioning. Education is also a key component as we teach posture, body mechanics, and pain management techniques.

Education and Prevention Services

Work Site Analysis
A comprehensive expert analysis of a specific job measures the physical demands and factors that influence the job. Analysis may be documented on video tape, and in an accompanying report – both of which are compatible with the Americans Disability Act.

The resulting information may be used to:

  • Provide physicians with relevant work information
  • Create a documented record of job demands
  • Determine necessary work station, tool, or environmental modifications

Ergonomic Consultation
Work setting analysis to identify risk factors, and recommendations for worker technique, or work station/tool modification. Provides injury prevention data, and a resource list to match workers to tasks, prevent injuries, and reduce compensation costs.

Job Coaching
This problem solving process helps an employee transition back to work after injury, reducing anxiety in the patient, identifying causes of symptom aggravation, and allowing for helpful on-site observation by the therapist.

Injury Prevention Training
Our customized program is available on-site or at our offices to teach employees how to work smarter and avoid potential injuries and situations.

Workplace Stretching and Exercise
Specific fitness programs may be developed to reduce fatigue, pain, and injury risk. No special equipment is required, and sessions can usually be done at the employee’s work station.

Post-Offer/Pre-Placement Evaluations
Our expertise can help you place workers in jobs that minimize risk of injury.This results in fewer injury claims and reduces health costs.

Contact Mary Free Bed's Return to Work Program

616.233.3499 or 800.528.8989


350 Lafayette SE
Suite 500
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | Map


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