One of the most common concerns our clients have is how their injury will affect their ability to work. Being unable to work because of your injury can put added stress in your life if you’re no longer able to earn a full paycheck. Certain disability benefits can help offset the loss of income, but only if your injury occurred at work, so if you tore your pectoral muscle while shoveling snow, you’re going to be even more motivated to speed up your recovery and get back to work so you can regain some financial stability. That’s where we come in.
We’ve helped countless individuals speed up their recovery and safely transition back to their job in the wake of an injury, and we can do the same for you. Below, we explain why it’s in your best interest to turn to OrthoRehab Specialists if you’re trying to return to full employment after an injury.
How PT Can Help You Return To Work
Physical therapy is very important for any person who is looking to quickly and safely return to the workforce after an injury. For starters, physical therapy has been clinically proven to help injuries heal sooner than if you just sat back, rested and let healing run its course. Whether it’s a soft tissue injury, a bone fracture, a joint issue or another musculoskeletal problem, research has shown that controlled strength training can help people recover days or even weeks faster than passive treatments.
So while any physical therapy clinic can help you recover quicker from a shoulder or knee injury, it’s what our therapists do in conjunction with therapy that sets our staff out from the rest. We’re not just trying to help your injury heal, we’re also trying to ensure your body is ready to take on the tasks that you’ll encounter during the work day.
To do this, we start by asking about your job and your daily requirements. We may ask you to walk us through a typical day at work, or we’ll ask about what movements you make when you’re performing your job. Do you perform repetitive motions? Do you work with heavy machinery? Are you constantly lifting and moving objects, or reaching above your head? We’re going to ask a bunch of questions to help understand what motions are most critical in your job, because this will help us tailor your PT routine to the physical demands of your job. This way when you return to the job, you’re less likely to aggravate the injury because your body is ready to handle the tasks you’re required to perform.
But what about those workers who don’t work a very physical job? We can help you too! Even if you sit at a desk all day, physical therapy can do wonders for helping you return to work without pain or discomfort. It may sound odd, but inactivity can actually be very stressful on your body. When your muscles and ligaments are required to stay in the same position, they can’t as easily disperse stress evenly throughout the body. This is why your lower back sometimes hurts after a long drive in the car, or why your neck can feel uncomfortable after a long day working at a computer. We understand how pressure is dispersed based on posture positioning and can help strengthen key areas of your body to help handle a long day of staying in a seated position.
Minnesota Physical Therapy
No matter what job you work, we’re confident we can get you back to work sooner and in a safe capacity following an injury. If you want to get back to your job following an injury, give our team at OrthoRehab Specialists a call today.
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
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