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Work hardening therapy

May 12, 2015 10:53 AM

Anyone with insight into a work hardening program?

My occ doc doesn't feel it will help and neither do I because the physical therapy I previously did made my back worse.

Workmans comp is thinking of making me do this. It would involve 5 days a week in pdx 2 hours away for at least 4 weeks and I have a 16 year old daughter who just got her license! I'll be a wreck

May 12, 2015 11:06 AM

Hi Oregon,

I've done intensive physio for 1 year full time. It helps long term but it's a matter of whether you have the will power to follow through and commit yourself to the program.

I'm in pain now, I wouldn't go through one of those programs again unless something major was going to happen. The only reason why I did it last time because I was losing muscle mass on my left side as I was limping a lot. Fixed all that now and just sticking to simple stretches which helps with the tensions on my lower back. I am not on workers comp and I've sacrificed a lot for my body, I hope you do the same and best of luck no matter what decision you made.

May 12, 2015 9:16 PM

Also not sure how this would work since my career is working with 3-5 year old children.

May 12, 2015 9:26 PM

Not to be a smart ass. I feel you are negative about it and I think maybe take up a self motivation course in the meantime.

I was in your shoes. I took my life but failed few years back, was passed out several days before I could even wake up. Throughout those days I know people coming in to visit and all, but was unable to respond. just got better last year where I felt enough was enough. I've took a few things under my belt, positive thinking and surrounded myself with many positive people. You can learn this by just buying self motivated books in the App Store.

It goes a long way in attitude and your mental health. I hope you can find your feet. If not you will be suffering more. Time is against us in this matter. It can only be worse if dragged on.

May 12, 2015 10:32 PM

I'm absolutely all about positivity and good energy... I'm simply trying to figure out the logistics of "giving it my all" while remaining a good attentive parenting role. I have said numerous times in the community that I am blessed and so many suffer so much I count my blessings daily.

May 12, 2015 10:34 PM


Oregon, I totally understand not knowing what to do. It's tough, especially because we never know how our bodies will feel after a new "treatment" For all we know, it might get worse.

I'm almost done with PDX hospital visits, and they told me I was eligible for the Legacy program where it would be physical therapy in the hospital for up to 3 months. I didn't want to do that, and so far I haven't needed to.

Best of luck!

Octobot I've seen "positive" thinking mess some people up beyond belief.
I go toa school with a motto of "No Shame, Blame, or Judgement" and you implied all of these things.

I may be biased, but my mom became extremely aggressive after she decided to do positive thinking.
I believe in what I call "Positivity through Pessimism" where I try to imagine the worst, then I'm not shocked by reality. I also feel happy most of the time because a lot of things turn out better than expected.

I'm glad it helped you, but I don't trust positivity. That's just me.

Sissies you both the best!

May 12, 2015 10:59 PM

Thank you Ferret, I think " you get me"!! With workmans comp involved and an employer who is being nasty all due to an injury that could have been prevented had they listened, Ive finally hit the wall. I grieved my classroom for the past year, I've grieved the loss of my ability to help families in need and now I'm pissed! My doctor, my psychologist and my previous co workers as well as myself all see this as a positive step. Thank you again and all good mojo to you! 💗💜

May 12, 2015 11:36 PM

Hi ferret,

I've been down the worse road anybody could do which is self harm.

I don't see how someone with positive thinking should be rude. I'm definitely more receptive to opinions and just nod at the people who annoys me but thinking positive means trying to learn off them what I shouldn't be doing to others and the things I talk about should be positive.

I see a nice change in lifestyle and only hope people who can have the same. It takes a lot of mental work to get around it, God knows I've been trying for the past 4 years. Only recently where I got to applied to it. As simple as waking up and my first shower I would say aloud "today will be a better day" with a big smile. Small things you could do for yourself.

May 13, 2015 10:34 AM


I'm really glad it helps you!
I've just meet some people who cover up bullying with "positivity".

The church I use to attend had a ton of positive people.
One of then told me "Buck up,you don't know what pain is. Join the military, then you'll know real pain."

I found no compassion, and felt like the "odd one" when everyone would be nodding during the service, and I'd be thinking about how my life will never be like that.

Yeah, maybe I'll try again when I'm older.
For now, with the memory of how violent my mom became when she found positivity, I don't have the heart for it.
My Positivity through Pessimism is one of the few ways where I can think "life is so beautiful...." and actually mean it.

I try to take life head on, good or bad.

For me, singing and music and art have all kept me going at my worst.
In middle school, 2 eighth grade boys died, one of a heart attack, and the other in a car accident on the way to a dream competition.

I learned that you can die, even if you're excited for the future.
My family has been really supportive, and because I'm really quiet anyway, the few friends I've made are still by my side.

What does work hardening therapy mean?
I know I heard about in patient physical therapy, but is it different if you're an adult?

Wishing you the best!

May 23, 2015 10:27 AM

I know a physical therapist who does a therapy called, Dry Needling Therapy. You can try that kind of therapy.

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