Relieve Your Work Injury Quickly and Effectively with Physical Therapy
Discover How we can Help You Get Back to Work as Fast as Possible
Did you sustain an injury while on the job? Work injuries can cause physical, mental, and monetary distress, especially if you are unsure of how long your recovery period will be. Because of this, it is important to consult with a Fort Wayne physical therapist as soon as possible to get started on the right rehabilitation plan for your needs.
If you were injured at work, ProTailored Physical Therapy can help. Physical therapy plays a key role in helping people recover from their work injuries, especially since treatment plans are often covered under workers’ compensation insurance.
Physical therapy and work injuries
Physical therapy has been proven successful in quickly and effectively treating work injuries for people of all ages. At our Fort Wayne physical therapy practice, we employ the most advanced treatment methods for pain relief, improved mobility, and overall well-being.
Our physical therapist will create a personalized treatment plan for your specific needs, in addition to helping you with techniques for proper performance while on the job, in order to avoid further injury in the future.
Common work injuries
There are several specific causes and types of work injuries. Some of the most common include:
Tendinitis develops through repetitive motions and excessive overuse of certain body parts. Symptoms typically include tenderness, pain, and swelling. This condition most commonly occurs in the knees, elbows, and shoulders, and can be corrected with physical therapy.
If you work in a job that requires the use of a vehicle, there is always a risk of a motor vehicle accident injury. Work-related automobile accidents can result in injuries ranging from mild cuts and abrasions 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.
Carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve in the wrist is compressed, typically due to repetitive motions. Common causes of carpal tunnel syndrome include typing and assembly line work. 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 program may include light exercises to strengthen the muscles in your hand and wrist, as well as stretches to improve flexibility.
Back pain is the most commonly reported work-related source of pain, and it can be caused by several work-related activities. For example, long periods of inactivity, such as sitting at a desk all day, can lead to back pain. Conversely, too much force on your back, such as repeatedly lifting heavy items with the wrong body mechanics, can also lead to back pain. Back injuries are typically caused by rotating or twisting the back in an incorrect way, especially when lifting. If you are experiencing back pain, MoveForwardPT states that receiving early physical therapy is a cost-effective treatment option.
Sprains and strains.
Sprains and strains can occur throughout the body, affecting the tendons and ligaments. These can occur from trauma, such as falling off a ladder, or repetitive motions. They can also occur as a result of improper use of equipment. Whatever the case may be, physical therapy at ProTailored Physical Therapy can help you reduce or even eliminate the pain from an injured tendon or ligament.
How did my work injury develop?
A work injury can be described as any injury or illness sustained while an employee is on the job. Many occupations can present potentially dangerous situations, including construction, police work, or nursing. However, even office work can lead to work-related injuries, as sitting in the same position for prolonged periods of time can take a toll on your body.
People who work in offices or factories are also prone to repetitive motion injuries, due to the nature of their jobs that require constant repetition. If you got hurt at work, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible, as almost any type of injury left untreated may become more severe over time.
Common Questions Regarding Work Injuries
How can physical therapy help my work injury?
Our physical therapists are specialized in analyzing injuries. Whether it be an overuse injury or an acute injury, our physical/occupational therapists will take a detailed look to help identify the source of your symptoms. They will then develop an individualized plan to help increase your range of motion, strength, mobility, while decreasing pain. They can help with recommendations of ways to adapt your work environment to decrease pain while at work.
How can I help my overuse injury?
Overuse injuries happen with repetitive movements (commonly at work). Our physical/occupational therapists will help to reduce your symptoms during the healing process. Our physical/occupational therapists are also specialized in ergonomics and can help prevent future overuse injuries by helping improve your form to decrease stress on your body while at work.
Why should I go to physical therapy for my work injury?
A physical therapist will do a thorough physical exam of your balance and gait to find weakness or restrictions in movement or systems that may be related to your difficulty. They will then come up with an individualized plan to address your specific restrictions or limitations.
What will a session of physical therapy following a work injury look like?
Our physical therapists will work with you based on your specific needs. They will help to address pain, limitations in motion, or any strength deficits you may have. At our clinic, you will receive one on one care from only a physical therapist, no assistants or aides. Your treatment may consist of manual therapy, cupping, scraping/IASTM, dry needling, therapeutic exercises, etc.
Will workman’s comp cover my physical therapy?
Our clinic is in network with multiple workman’s comp companies! If your injury is being covered by workman’s comp, we will work directly with them for your coverage. If you have any specific questions, you can reach out to our clinic at any time!
Can I work on improving my work injury at home?
When you schedule a visit with us, our therapists work with you to develop a personalized home exercise program consisting of therapeutic exercises to target your specific needs!
How can I get started?
Physical therapy is a natural, quick, and easy way to recover from work injuries. In many cases, it also eliminates the need for potentially harmful prescription drugs or surgical intervention. If you were injured at work, contact ProTailored Physical Therapy by calling our Fort Wayne physical therapy office at 260-739-0300 today to schedule an appointment and get started on the first steps of your treatment plan.
We’ll work with your worker’s compensation caseworker to help you recover quickly and get you back to your normal routine!