Woodlyn PT - January 2019

Here’s How to Choose the Right Team for Recovery INJURED ON THE JOB?

Workers’ comp and physical therapy are becoming more connected every year. After being injured on the job, physical therapy can aid recovery and reduce the duration of a

return to work after an injury demands a certain skill set. When searching for the right PT, ask if they have treated patients in your position before. How many therapists will I see? The last thing you need after being injured is to be passed around from one PT to another. There’s nothing wrong with clinics that have many PTs or if another therapist can step in on days when the regular provider is absent. However, being regularly handed off to a new therapist can disrupt treatment if the new provider doesn’t know the plan of care. You and your PT should always be on the same page. Where will treatment take place? When recovering from an injury, it is vital that you are able to receive uninterrupted treatment. For this reason, you should choose a physical therapist who is conveniently located. You don’t want to suffer from any delays in treatment or miss your appointments because you weren’t able to make time to see your PT. At Woodlyn PT, we have both experience treating injured workers and the resources to ensure they get the prompt treatment they need. If you’ve filed a workers’ comp claim and need help healing from your injuries, give us a call at 302.366.7600. We can help you get on the road to recovery.

workers’ comp case. A 2012 study published in The Spine Journal found that early- intervention physical therapy cut the need for advanced

imaging from 54.9 percent to 29.4 percent. It also reduced the necessity of additional physician visits from 81

percent to 52.6 percent and lumbar spine surgery from 9.9 percent to 4.7 percent.

The physical therapist you receive treatment from has a huge impact on the results you see. As we discussed last month, workers in Delaware have the right to choose their own doctor after a work- related accident. Here are some questions you need to ask before choosing a PT during your workers’ comp case. Does the PT have experience treating workers’ comp patients? Excellent physical therapists often specialize in certain areas. Some have more experience dealing with sports-related injuries, while others may prefer working with seniors recovering from a fall. Helping someone

Chicken Chop Suey

The Word on Woodlyn

Ingredients

Inspired by The New York Times

• 2 large or 4 medium chicken thighs • 3 pounds bok choy, cut into 3–4-inch ribbons • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce • 2 teaspoons sugar

• 2 tablespoons cornstarch, mixed with 4 tablespoons water • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil • Salt and pepper, to taste

“I have been attending physical therapy at Woodlyn PT since Sept. 19, 2018. Prior to my physical therapy sessions, I had severe pain in my lower back that radiated down both of my legs. If I got up during the night for any reason, I could hardly walk. My mobility was limited which resulted in the termination of my health club membership. To deal with the pain, I spent five years taking 15 mg of Meloxicam every day. I started attending physical therapy sessions twice a week. In just over five weeks, I stopped experiencing lower back pain during the day and the pain at night is minimal. I am no longer taking the Meloxicam, and I am definitely more mobile. I am ready to resume my health club membership!”

Directions

1. In large pot, boil three cups of water. Add chicken and reduce to simmer, cooking for 30 minutes. Remove chicken and let cool. Once cooled, remove skin and bones, chop, and set aside. Reserve the cooking liquid. 2. In a large skillet over high heat, heat vegetable oil. Once simmering, add bok choy and cook for 1 minute, stirring throughout. Add half of reserved cooking liquid, cover skillet, and cook for 2 minutes. Remove cover and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Transfer bok choy to a plate. 3. Add remaining cooking liquid and chicken to the pan, maintaining high heat. Heat chicken, then add oyster sauce, sugar, cornstarch-and-water mixture, sesame oil, and bok choySeason to taste, toss together, and serve over rice.

–Nedra C.

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