Work & Auto Accidents
Return to Work as Quickly as Possible with Physical Therapy
It is no secret that sustaining an injury at work can lead to physical, mental, and monetary stresses. This is especially true if you are unsure how long your recovery period will be. Fortunately, HealthQuest Physical Therapy can help you set up a rehabilitation plan so you can recover from your work injury and return to work as quickly as possible.
Many physical therapy treatment plans are covered under workers’ compensation insurance, so you can get the treatment you need without stressing over the costs! For more information on how our services can help you recover and return to work, contact our Southeast Michigan physical therapy office today.
What is considered a work injury?
Any injury, ailment, or illness that is sustained while an employee is on the job can be defined as a work injury. Some occupations are at a higher risk of sustaining a work injury than others, especially if the environment is dangerous. For example, the fields of police work, nursing, and construction often obtain an increased risk of work-related injuries. However, even jobs that may not seem dangerous on the surface can still lead to pain or injury.
Office jobs can also lead to injuries in certain circumstances. While you may not think you’re at risk, sitting in the same position for prolonged periods of time can take a toll on your body. Those who have occupations in offices or factories are also commonly prone to repetitive motion injuries, due to the nature of their job duties.
If you get injured at work, it is important to seek help sooner rather than later. Any injury left untreated can become more severe over time. According to MoveForwardPT, physical therapy is the most cost-effective treatment option for treating a work injury, and you should get started today.
Common work injuries:
There are various injuries that may be sustained on the job. However, the 5 most common include:
- Back pain. The most commonly reported source of pain is back pain. Back injuries are typically caused by rotating or twisting your back the wrong way. This can develop from several work-related activities, such as sitting at a desk for the entire workday, putting too much force on your back, or repeatedly lifting heavy items.
- Tendinitis. Moving the same body part over and over can cause tendinitis to develop. Symptoms typically include pain, swelling, and tenderness. This condition most commonly occurs in the shoulders, elbows, and knees.
- Sprains and strains. Sprains affect the ligaments in your body while strains affect the tendons. These occur when the ligaments or tendons are stretched beyond their limits, due to a sudden trauma or repetitive motions. They can also occur as a result of improper use of equipment.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome. When the median nerve in the wrist becomes compressed, carpal tunnel syndrome occurs. This typically happens as a result of repetitive motions, such as assembly line work or excessive typing. 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.
- Auto accidents. There is always a risk of sustaining an injury from an automobile accident if you work in a job that requires the use of a vehicle. Work-related auto accidents can result in injuries ranging from mild cuts and abrasions to broken bones and severe whiplash.
Find treatment for your work injury today!
Physical therapy has been used as a successful treatment method for numerous work injuries. Our Southeast Michigan physical therapists are dedicated to providing you with the best treatment plan for your individual needs, in order to relieve your pain, improve your mobility, and promote overall healing.
Treatment plans typically consist of targeted exercises and stretches, aimed at improving your function. Additional treatments may also be added as our physical therapist deems fit, including manual therapy, ice and heat therapies, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, or laser therapy.
Our physical therapist will also provide you with helpful techniques to help you perform tasks easier at work, while simultaneously lowering your risk of sustaining another injury. If you are looking for an easy, safe, and natural way to recover from your work injury as quickly as possible, look no further! Contact HealthQuest Physical Therapy today to schedule your evaluation and get started on your path toward recovery so you can return to work quickly.
“Ergonomics” is a Greek word that roughly translates to “fitting a job to the person.” It can be defined as the way in which we improve movement and function within daily life. Ergonomics typically contains certain tools or body mechanic strategies that focus on maximizing efficiency and safety, in addition to identifying/changing factors that may lead to injury.
At HealthQuest Physical Therapy, our physical therapists can use ergonomics to help resolve issues with pain you may face in your daily life, in addition to helping you prevent injuries. The items you use every day in your home or workplace are subject to modification, and we can help make them as comfortable for you as possible. To learn more about ergonomics and how it can benefit you, contact our Southeast Michigan physical therapy office today!
The workplace and ergonomics – why it’s so important:
The Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) states that companies in the United States spend at least $170 billion annually on occupational injuries. However, companies can reduce their injury and illness costs by as much as 40% simply by implementing certain health and safety systems – which includes ergonomics training.
The most common work-sustained injuries include:
- Back pain caused by injuries to the muscles, joints, or discs
- Cervical strain and pain (including a new phenomenon called “text neck”)
- TMJ dysfunction
- Tension headaches
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (median nerve entrapment at the wrist)
- Tendonitis (inflammation in tendons)
- Rotator cuff strains and tears
- Medial or lateral epicondylitis (golfer’s or tennis elbow, respectively)
- Trigger finger
These common work-sustained injuries are typically caused by poor posture, excessive sedentary behavior, and improper workspace setup. However, working on the ergonomics of your office can decrease your risk of sustaining these injuries, which can save a lot of money on medical bills, lost wages, and decreased productivity!
While ergonomics plays a strong role in the workplace, you can also implement some of these practices within your daily life, as well – everything from driving to playing sports to using your phone has room for modification!
What should I expect?
Treating an injury symptomatically doesn’t necessarily guarantee that the injury won’t return. That’s why it is important to address the cause of the injury and find ways to fix it.
When you arrive for your initial appointment, one of our highly trained Southeast Michigan physical therapists will conduct a physical evaluation, in addition to reviewing your medical history and discussing your work/home environment. Our physical therapist may ask you questions regarding the set-up of your desk or office, the type of tools and equipment you use, the expectations and demands of your job, and/or a summary of your typical day. This will help determine what items may be subject to modification.
When focusing on ergonomics, the goal is to improve posture, energy efficiency, and body mechanics. This is done by making necessary adjustments, modifications, and changes to reduce and prevent further pain and injury. For example, we may advise you on changing the position of your computer monitor or getting up more frequently to walk around and take a break. In some circumstances, specialized devices or equipment modifications (such as splints or wrist supports) may be recommended as a way to make your daily tasks more comfortable.
In addition to the ergonomic training we provide you with, it is likely that you will also be prescribed additional physical therapy services, depending on your individual needs. This may include any combination of targeted exercises and stretches, manual therapy, joint mobilizations, ice and heat therapy, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and more.
If your work or personal life is causing you pain, it could be fixed with some simple ergonomics! Contact HealthQuest Physical Therapy today to schedule your evaluation and find out how you can live your life comfortably!