Program Details

Work Rehabilitation (WR) is an individualized special program to assist workers in meeting the demands of a specific job using progressive exercise, work simulation tasks and education. This program has two levels of intensity.

  • Work rehabilitation – Conditioning (WR-C) is the less intensive type of a WR program. It is intended for workers with Sedentary to Medium physical job demands with a program from 2-4 hours in duration.
  • Work rehabilitation – Hardening (WR-H) is a more intensive type of a WR program. It is intended for workers with Medium to Very Heavy physical job demands with a program from 2-8 hours in duration.

General criteria for admission

  • The individual has had at least 2 months of recovery since their injury.
  • The individual’s accepted condition is a musculoskeletal or other allowed condition impacting their ability to return to work at their full duties.
  • There is a referral from their attending provider for this program.
  • The individual is able to participate for a minimum of 2 hours a day, 3 to 5 days a week.
  • There is an identified return-to-work goal with a job description/analysis.
  • Services are provided by an L&I approved WR provider.

Work Rehabilitation Resources

Provider Education

Work Rehabilitation clinicians need 2 hours in each of the 4 categories for a total of 8 hours.

Category A:  L&I Workers' Compensation Basics is provided by L&I and available online. 

Category B:  Pain Neuroscience Education

Category C:  Psych-Informed Practice

Category D:  Physical Medicine Best Practices

Categories B-D:  Providers can take courses related to these 3 categories through licensing and professional associations, continuing education providers, webinars, and by hosting professional in-services. L&I will count relevant courses taken within the last 6 months toward the requirement. 

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