Many injuries occur on the job while preforming day to day duties. Some injuries prevent us from continuing the task, physical therapy can get you back to the grind and feeling accomplished once again.
Work Injury Rehabilitation
What is a Work Injury?
On the job injuries can vary depending on the industry and position, however regardless of the profession, they are accidents that can result from many different factors. A work injury can be the result of repetitive motions over time causing abnormalities, such as wrist pain, back aches, and neck injuries related to office settings for example. Other on the job injuries could be from machine or operator malfunctions, slips and falls, fatigue workers, etc. There are many different reasons and causes and regardless of fault, the pain is very real. Most companies train and provide workers with prevention and safety tips but accidents are unforeseeable and no matter the preparation, can still happen.
Most refer to on the job injuries as workmen’s compensation because there are company classifications of what an injury is and investigations. Each company has procedures to follow including workmen’s compensation insurance, but what happens after your injured and placed off work? Physical therapy is the start to recovery and we can help!
What are causes of Work Injuries?
There are various accidents that can occur at work causing injury. Whether the injury keeps you out of work for a few days, a few weeks, or even months, if not treated can not only be painful but cause long term issues that prevent employment in the future. A few causes are;
- Repetitive motion
- Bad posture
- Improper performance
- Fatigue or overworked workers
- Machine malfunction
- Slips and falls
- Dropped objects
- Freak accidents
- Inadequate training, etc.
How Spine & Sports Physical Therapists can help:
It is important to get proper treatment for a work injury as soon as it occurs. Secondary conditions can result from delayed treatment, including prolonged recovery or no recovery at all.
Physical therapy can be very successful in restoring function and activity back on the job. You will work with your physical therapist to devise a treatment plan that is specific to your condition and goals. Your individual treatment program may include:
- MANUAL THERAPY: Your physical therapist may use manual techniques, such as gentle joint movements, soft-tissue massage, and stretches to relieve pain and restore function so you can return to work and enjoy activities again.
- STRENGTHENING EXERCISES: Your physical therapist will determine which strengthening exercises are right for you, depending on your specific condition. You may also perform resistance training exercises to strengthen your muscles. You will receive a home-exercise program to continue your exercises long after you have completed your formal physical therapy.
- PATIENT EDUCATON: Learning proper posture is an important part of rehabilitation. For example, when your shoulders roll forward as you lean over a computer, the tendons in the front of the shoulder can become impinged. Your physical therapist will work with you to help improve your posture, and may suggest adjustments to your work station and work habits.
- FUNCTIONAL TRAINING: As your symptoms improve, your physical therapist will teach you how to correctly perform duties related to returning to work using proper body mechanics. This training will help you return to pain-free function on the job, at home, and even when playing sports.