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Getting back into the workplace is an important goal for many of our patients at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. Our Return to Work Program offers you specialized physical and occupational therapy focused on helping you regain functionality and independence whether at home or work.

We provide a full array of work-related therapy services to a wide range of patients in West Michigan. Our vocational rehabilitation services do more than fix problems, we prevent them. Our program may be appropriate if you’re adjusting to a musculoskeletal or neurological injury, such as:

• Spinal, knee, shoulder or hip pain
• Wrist, hand, elbow, ankle and foot injuries
• Cardiopulmonary deconditioning
• Muscular weakness or disease

We’ll use assessments and evaluations to determine your functional capacity and performance. This provides important information about your physical abilities and how you might be able to perform in a particular work situation. Work conditioning focuses on your strength, flexibility, stamina and coordination. These aspects of the vocational rehabilitation program also provide you with education on posture, body mechanics and how to manage pain, in addition to any work restrictions specific to your needs.

Because we’re focused on your health both now and in the future, the Return to Work Program includes a worksite analysis, ergonomic consultation, job coaching, injury prevention training, workplace stretching and exercise and placement evaluations. Goals include identifying risks, injury avoidance and other techniques to keep you safe and healthy.