Worker’s Compensation/ Industrial Athlete
Being off work after an injury can be both emotionally and financially devastating. Considering the difficulty most people face after experiencing a work injury, it’s imperative that an individual recovers as quickly as possible. If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, call us today to receive the treatment you need.
A qualified physical therapist can help you recover from an injury. Oftentimes, workman’s compensation will cover the costs. For any rehabilitation to be covered by workman’s comp it’s essential that your therapy treatments are ordered by a physician. Your insurance needs to give approval for work injury rehab as well.
What Is a Work Injury?
There are several types of injuries that often occur in the workplace. It’s important to note that if these injuries aren’t treated in a timely manner they could get worse and even lead to secondary conditions, such as osteoarthritis.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – This occurs when the median nerve in the wrist becomes pinched or compressed.
- Plantar Fasciitis – Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the tissues along the bottom of the foot.
- Tendonitis – This is when a tendon becomes inflamed from overuse or infection.
- Muscle & Ligament Sprains – Overexertion or falls can cause strains or tears in muscle and ligament tissues.
- Back Problems – The Mayo Clinic reports that work-related back problems can occur due to repetition, force, or even prolonged inactivity.
- Bone Fractures – A broken bone can occur because of a vehicle accident, a fall, or being struck by a heavy object.
Causes of Work Injuries
Even jobs that aren’t physically demanding can pose potential risks to workers. Repetitive movement that involves working on an assembly line or typing can cause injury. Even sitting for long periods of time can cause repetitive injuries. Sometimes, lifting heavy objects can lead to sprains, strains, and a variety of lower back problems.
Sudden injuries can occur if you’ve been hurt in a work-related vehicle accident, struck by a falling object, or have slipped and fallen while at work. Finally, exposure to hazardous materials can cause an immediate injury or be the cause of a long-term illness.
How Physical Therapy Helps Work Injuries
Physical therapy can help you recover and get back to work as quickly as possible after a work injury. A physical therapist can help alleviate symptoms while improving your mobility. According to Move Forward, a physical therapist can achieve great results without using drugs or invasive treatment, such as surgery. They can use a variety of treatment methods, including therapeutic exercises, manual therapy, and massage.
Some of the specific treatments your physical therapist may use include Active Release Technique (ART), therapeutic ultrasound, aquatic therapy, electrical stimulation, and dry needling. A PT may also use a combination of these treatments in order to reduce pain and inflammation, increase muscle strength, and restore your mobility as quickly as possible. Your treatment will likely be modified as you progress through different stages of healing. It’s also important to apply for workman’s compensation as soon as possible. You may need to have your physician file a WC-205 form if workman’s comp is initially denied.
If you’ve suffered from an injury, work injury rehab could help you get back to work as soon as possible. Our team of qualified physical therapists can put together an individualized rehabilitation program that meets your specific needs. A physical therapist can also teach you safer ways to perform your work duties to prevent recurring injuries. Contact Elliott Physical Therapy today to schedule an appointment with a qualified physical therapist!