How Physical Therapy Can HelpWork Injuries
Recovering From Your Work Injury Through Physical Therapy
Have you recently hurt yourself on the job? If you have a work injury that is limiting your physical abilities, you might be wondering what your options are for recovery. Having to take time off from work to recover can cause emotional and financial distress, especially if you aren’t quite sure how long your injury will take to heal on its own. It’s a good idea to make sure you put a rehabilitation plan in place. This way you can get back to doing the thing you love the most, as soon as possible!
HealthWest Physical Therapy can help you recover from your work injury. Physical therapy is a great option for people dealing with pain caused by getting hurt on the job. It also plays a key role seeing as many individuals are covered for treatment under worker’s compensation insurance.
What are work injuries?
When you think of someone getting “injured on the job” you might think of a construction worker, or someone working in a factory. However, many jobs can present potentially dangerous situations, including police work or nursing. A work injury can be categorized as any injury or illness an employee received while on the job.
Even office work can lead to work-related injuries. Sitting in the same position for prolonged periods of time can be really rough on your body! If you work in an office or factory setting, you are also prone to repetitive motion injuries, due to the nature of their jobs that require constant repetition. It is important to seek treatment as soon as possible if you get injured at work, as almost any type of injury left untreated may become more severe and painful over time.
What are some typical work injuries?
There are several different causes and types of work injuries. Some of the most common include:
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome happens when the median nerve in the wrist is compressed. It often occurs because of repetitive motions. Common causes of carpal tunnel syndrome include typing and assembly line work in factories. According to Harvard Health, it is necessary to seek treatment for this condition as soon as possible, in order to avoid long-term nerve damage. A physical therapy treatment plan might include light exercises to strengthen the muscles in your hand and wrist, as well as stretches to improve flexibility.
Tendinitis develops through repetitive motions and excessive overuse of certain body parts. Symptoms typically include pain, swelling, and tenderness. This condition most commonly occurs in the knees, elbows, and shoulders, but physical therapy can provide relief.
Back pain is the most commonly reported source of pain, and it can be caused by several work-related activities. Long periods of inactivity, such as sitting at a desk all day without getting up often to stretch, can lead to back pain. Too much force on your back, such as repeatedly lifting heavy items incorrectly, can also lead to back pain. Back injuries are typically caused by rotating or twisting the back the wrong way, especially when lifting heavy objects.
Sprains and strains
Sprains and strains can happen all throughout the body, affecting the tendons and ligaments. These can occur from blunt trauma, such as falling off a ladder, or repetitive motions like swinging a hammer or other tool. They can also happen as a result using equipment incorrectly. Whatever has caused your injury, physical therapy can help to reduce or eliminate the pain from an injured ligament or tendon.
There is the risk of a motor vehicle injury if you work in a job that requires the use of a vehicle. There are also lots of different kinds of injuries you can receive from working in this kind of environment. Work-related automobile accidents can result in injuries ranging from small cuts or bruises to broken bones and severe whiplash. Physical therapy can help in your recovery from an automobile accident by reducing pain and inflammation, and restoring your range of motion.
Physical therapy can help treat your work injury
Physical therapy is a non-invasive, safe way to quickly and effectively treat work injuries for people of all ages and backgrounds. Our San Marcos, CA physical therapist uses updated technology and advanced treatment methods to relieve your pain, improve your mobility, and promote your overall healing. They will also help you learn exercises and techniques for proper performance while you’re working so that in the future you can avoid further injury. In many cases, it also eliminates the need for potentially addictive and harmful prescription drugs or surgical intervention. If you are suffering from a work injury, contact HealthWest Physical Therapy today to schedule your appointment. We’ll work with your worker’s compensation caseworker to help you recover quickly and get you back to your normal work performance in no time!