Sub-Acute Physical Therapy

Sub-Acute Physical Therapy for Injured Workers

We specialize in getting injured workers back to work.

Workplace injuries happen. Despite the best safety measures and precautions. That is just the nature of physically demanding jobs. Sub-Acute Physical Therapy strives to:

  • Ease and relieve pain
  • Improve function
  • Help you move more effortlessly
  • Allow you to live a better life

Among the best tools to accomplish this is Sub-Acute Physical Therapy. This type of Physical Therapy is often prescribed for patients to treat problems like soft tissue trauma, nerve inflammation/injury, muscle spasms, fractures, arthritis and other issues. With programs designed to get workers back to the workplace, we do so in a way that improves functionality and strength. In addition, our programs serve as an important preventative measure against future injury.

Our professionally trained physical therapists aim to help:

  • Improve peoples’ ability to move
  • Reduce pain
  • Restore function
  • Prevent you from becoming disabled.

Sessions are typically 45 min to 1 hour in length and the frequency of visits varies, depending largely on what your doctor and therapist recommend, as well as what has been authorized by workers’ compensation.

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Is Sub-Acute Physical Therapy for Me?

If you are an injured worker that has been referred to us for PT, you may have some questions. We have some answers.

What is Sub-Acute Physical Therapy?

Sub-Actue Physical Therapy is care that aims to ease and relieve pain, improve function, move more effortlessly and, ultimately, allows the patient to live a better life. It’s often used to recover from a work injury and prevent further injury down the road.

At Pacific Rehabilitation Centers, our team of specialty doctors, PT/OT therapists, vocational counselors and psychologists deliver programs designed to:

  • Educate the patient about chronic pain
  • Provide sub-acute physical therapy and occupational therapy (OT) to strengthen and condition the patient’s body
  • Help the patient overcome barriers that are preventing them from returning to work
  • Provide support throughout the entire therapy process

Sessions are typically 45 min to 1 hour in length and the frequency of visits varies, depending largely on what the patient’s doctor and therapist recommend, as well as what has been authorized by workers’ compensation.

How long does the program last?

The length of any individual PT/OT plan will differ depending on the injury as well as the recommended program. In all cases though, our report will go to the stakeholders on the patient’s claim. Once it has been received by the claims manager, we will move forward to request authorization for the specified program.

The process of obtaining authorizations can also vary per program. The patient is encouraged to follow up with our intake staff with questions about the status of an authorization.

Once authorization is received, we’ll contact the patient to set up a start date and get them on the road back to health.

What happens after program completion?

After completion of the sub-acute physical therapy program, the patient is discharged and a Discharge Report summarizing progress – including recommendations – will be sent to the patient’s Attending Physician, Nurse Case Manager or whoever originally referred the patient to us.

There are a few possibilities after completion of the program:

  • Referral to a Structured Intensive, Multidisciplinary Program (SIMP)
  • Referral to Work Conditioning
  • Referral to continue with a home exercise program that the patient and physical therapist have created
  • Return to work!
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Work conditioning

How It Works

1. Referral

Physical therapy for muscular skeletal issues does not require authorization and recommendations for continued treatment are coordinated with the patient’s care team.


2. Evaluation

Following a detailed physical therapy evaluation, the physical therapist will work with the patient to develop a specific program to meet their individual needs.

3. Therapy

Pacific Rehabilitation Centers’ physical therapists strive to reduce pain, increase flexibility, range of motion and function, build strength and correct posture.


4. Re-Evaluation

Upon completion of the prescribed physical therapy regimen, a post therapy evaluation will be performed to determine if further therapy is needed.

5. Return to Work

Upon successful re-evaluation, the patient will be provided with detailed instructions to transition to a home exercise program. Regular communication with the referring physician is an important part of Physical Therapy at PRC.

Ready to get Started at Pacific Rehabilitation?

Whether you’re a medical professional or an injured worker referred to us by your attending physician, Pacific Rehabilitation Centers makes it easy to get on the road to recovery.

For Professionals

Simply fill out our HIPAA compliant online referral form to get started. If you prefer other means of communication, you can contact us online or call 877-302-7132 to speak to one of our intake specialists.

For Patients

If you have not yet been referred to us by your attending physician, please let them know that you’d like them to submit a referral. Click the button below to see some frequently asked questions.


Submit your referral to us online.  It’s quick, easy, efficient and HIPAA compliant.”

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