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Work Conditioning Versus Work Hardening

Understand the differences, similarities, and where they fit within the employee’s rehabilitation and recovery

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  • Welcome to our webinar on Work Conditioning Versus Work Hardening. In this session, we explored the differences and similarities between these two rehabilitation programs, and how they fit into an employee’s recovery process.

Our expert speaker delved into the key concepts and principles behind both programs, including the goals, duration, and intensity of each program. They also discussed the types of injuries that can benefit from these programs and the various exercises and techniques used in each program.

• Gain a Deeper Understanding of a Return-to-work Program

  • • Learn How to Recognize Work Conditioning and the Components
  • •Understand the Differences in Work Conditioning and Work Hardening
  • • Explore the Benefits of Work Conditioning/work Hardening Versus Acute Therapy

Presenter: Colleen Medlin, PT, DPT, CEAS, CIPS

Colleen Medlin, PT, DPT, CEAS received her Bachelor of Health Science, Master’s in Physical Therapy, and Doctorate in Physical Therapy degrees from Misericordia University. She had multiple experiences as a successful Facility Director prior to assuming a Multi-Site Director role in Maryland while with Physiotherapy Associates.


During Colleen’s clinical and operations career trajectory, she became certified to perform Functional Capacity Evaluations, a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist, a Certified Injury Prevention Specialist, and honed her academic focus on workers’ compensation and work rehabilitation. As Colleen performed these services and built relationships with referrals sources and payors, she became recognized as a leader in this field and transitioned to a role of Regional Workers’ Compensation Clinical Specialist with Physiotherapy Associates. Based on multiple requests for her expertise, Colleen also founded CAM Peer Review, LLC to perform utilization review of Physical Therapy treatment, medical necessity, and billing.


Colleen assumed the role of Regional Director of Work Strategies after Physiotherapy Associates was acquired by Select Medical and increased her focus on payor relations, including managing the relationships with the various networks in the industry.

She was then hired by Phoenix Rehabilitation as Director of Clinical Operations for Workplace Health and Workers’ Compensation. This expanded her knowledge into occupational medicine and expanding her focus on working with employers and reducing OSHA recordables.


Colleen now works as the Director of Workers’ Compensation Clinical Services for Professional PT. Her focus is on providing a comprehensive workers’ compensation program clinically, to meet the needs of the employer, physician, case manager, and insurance company. She also works with employers to help evaluate and manage their injuries and safety in the work place.


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