Have you been suffering from a work-related injury? Missing time from work can be both emotionally and financially devastating. It is crucial to make a speedy recovery and get back to a regular routine as quickly as possible. Physical therapy can play an important role in recovering from work injuries and managing pain. It is important to note that work injuries are often covered under workers’ compensation insurance. Call our office today to learn more about how physical therapy can help you recover.
Types and causes of work injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome — Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve in the wrist is compressed. This is often caused by repetitive motions such as typing or working on an assembly line. Everyone from office executives to factory workers can experience carpal tunnel syndrome. According to Harvard Health, it is necessary to get treatment for this condition as soon as possible to avoid long-term nerve damage. A physical therapy program may include stretching exercises to improve flexibility and exercises to strengthen the muscles in your hand and wrist.
- Tendonitis — Tendonitis can also be caused by repetitive motions and overuse. Symptoms normally include swelling, tenderness, and pain. Over time, tendons can become inflamed as a result of overuse of the elbows, shoulders, and knees. Left untreated, it can become a chronic condition known at tendinosis.
- Back pain — Back pain can be caused by several activities related to work. Long periods of inactivity, such as sitting at a desk in the same position, can cause back pain. Sometimes, too much force on your back or lifting items incorrectly can cause severe pain. Back injuries can also be caused by repetition, such as rotating or twisting in certain ways. The American Physical Therapy Association states that receiving early physical therapy for low back pain can be a cost-effective treatment option.
- Auto accidents — Many employees work in a job that requires them to drive a vehicle. Work-related automobile accidents can result in injuries ranging from mild cuts and abrasions to broken bones and severe whiplash. Physical therapy can help you recover from a variety of injuries sustained in an auto accident.
- Sprains and strains — Sprains and strains can occur throughout the body in the muscles and ligaments. You might sustain these types of injuries from repetitive motions or from falling at work. Physical therapy can help you reduce or even eliminate the pain from an injured muscle or ligament.
How physical therapy helps:
Physical therapy is appropriate for treating work injuries in people of all ages. Our physical therapists use the most advanced treatment methods to reduce your pain, improve mobility, and help your body heal faster. A few of the specific treatment methods may include heat and ice therapy, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and laser technology. A physical therapist can also teach you ways to perform your job to reduce the likelihood of injury in the future.
A physical therapist can complete a personalized evaluation and create a customized therapy plan that meets your specific needs. Physical therapy is a safe and effective way to potentially avoid invasive surgery and long-term use of prescription drugs. Contact your closest Merrimack Valley Physical Therapy location to schedule an appointment today, or fill out this online form.