Injuries in the workplace are a common occurrence. When a person gets hurt on the job, the employer loses a worker and the worker is forced to take time off to recover. Worker’s comp insurance typically covers injuries incurred on the job, not only replacing lost wages but also paying for medical bills associated with the recovery process. If you have just suffered a workplace injury, be sure to file a claim with your employer right away and seek physical therapy treatment as soon as possible.
Did you know…
that the workplace is one of the most common places that people get injured? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 3 million people were injured on the job in 2012. That is the equivalent of approximately 3.4 cases of workplace injury for every 100 people in the full-time work force. People who work in manufacturing and service provider industries are especially susceptible to injury in the workplace though anyone in any occupation can become injured on the job.
Frequently Asked Questions
What types of workers comp injuries will a physical therapist treat?
Most workplace injuries are related to the musculoskeletal system. Strains and sprains are by far the most common injuries – often caused by heavy lifting. Back pain and back injuries specifically are the most frequent cause of missed work and work injury-related medical expenses, far surpassing all other injuries.
Why should I see a physical therapist right away for a workplace injury?
Physical therapists treat the source of pain rather than the symptoms of an injury. Physical therapy treatment can resolve injuries quickly, returning workers to their jobs with minimal time off work and medical cost. Physical therapists manipulate the spine into a normal alignment, helping to treat bulging discs, pulled muscles and conditions like sciatica.
How can I prevent workplace injuries in the future?
Workers comp injuries are often caused by overexertion, heavy lifting, unusual posture and repetitive stress. Injuries may occur suddenly or develop slowly over time. Symptoms often include pain, numbness and tingling. Employees may be able to prevent workplace injuries by continuing to visit a physical therapist for periodic adjustments and by utilizing preventive measures, such as wearing supportive braces at work or taking frequent breaks from a heavy physical workload.
If you have suffered a workplace injury or are otherwise interested in preventing future workers comp injuries, contact our office to schedule a consultation.