Getting injured on the job is no fun. Most workers who are injured at work are most worried about when they can return to their job. Physical therapy can be a significant help to workers who have sustained on-the-job injuries. In this physical therapy education article, we are going to talk about how physical therapy can help you recover and return to work after a workplace injury.
Recovering from On-The-Job Injuries
Many people only associate work injuries with jobs that require a lot of physical labor (construction workers, contractors, etc.). While it’s true that some occupations come with more inherent injury risk, work injuries can happen at any job – from construction sites to offices. Employees who work in an office setting can suffer slip and fall injuries, repetitive stress injuries (carpal tunnel from typing all day every day), and more. First and most importantly, if you are injured at work make sure you seek medical help. Your health and well-being should always be your top priority. Once you have attended to any immediate medical needs, you can work on recovering and returning to work.
How Physical Therapy Can Help
There are a wide range of treatment options available, depending on the severity of your injury. In the most extreme cases, surgery may be necessary. More mild to moderate injuries can be treated with conservative methods such as pain medication, rest, injections, and also physical therapy. In fact, physical therapy can help in almost all work injury situations – as a treatment itself, or in conjunction with other treatment methods. Physical therapy exercises can help you improve your range-of-motion, cut down on pain from the injury, and ultimately get you ready to return to your job.
Physical Therapy in Minnesota
The physical therapists at OrthoRehab Specialists have been treating patients in Minnesota for over twenty-five years. Our rehabilitation specialists offer direct access to physical therapy for Minnesota patients so setting up an appointment doesn’t require a prescription. We also have relationships with hundreds of other physicians who refer patients to us for continued care. Contact us today at one of our physical therapy clinics (located in Edina and Minneapolis) to set up your appointment and see the benefits of physical therapy in action.
PT of Costa Rican National Soccer Team for 2007 World Cup in Victoria, CAN. Clinical Instructor for University of Minnesota Doctor of Physical Therapy Affiliations