Marathon Monthly January 2020 Physical Therapy
TREATMENT OF THE INJURED WORKER. GETTING YOU BACK ON THE JOB!
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, work-related injuries account for over 1.1 million missed days of work. Unplanned days off can be monetarily detrimental, especially if you have a lengthy recovery period ahead of you and physically cannot return. Do I have a work injury? A work injury can be defined as anything that causes you pain or illness in your work environment. While this can sometimes be an obvious injury, such as a harsh fall off a ladder or an automobile accident while in a company vehicle, work injuries can also be more subtle. Sometimes, people may develop injuries without even realizing they are due to their occupation. Repetitivestress injuriesarecommon inoffice-relatedenvironments, typicallydue to improper posture throughout the workday. If you slouch at your computer for prolongedperiodsof timeor tiltyourheaddown to lookatakeyboardor important files, you may experience back, neck, or shoulder pain. With time, your spine may even become affected - our spines all have a natural “S” curve but with continued poor posture in the workplace, it can turn into more of a “C” curve. Tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome are also common work-related injuries due to repetitive stress on certain body parts. Tendinitis occurs when the tendons become inflamed by overuse. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve in the wrist becomes pinched, typically affecting assembly-line workers and desk-job workers. Laboriousworkers,or those requiringday-to-dayheavy lifting,canalsobeaffected by these conditions, as their physically strenuous days put constant strains on the body. Those with physically demanding jobs may also experience chronic pain that can be relieved through physical therapy treatments. How will physical therapy benefit me? The benefits of physical therapy are vast, and it has been proven that those who participate in physical therapy treatments tend to heal much quicker than those who do not. Rehab for work injuries is the best option when seeking fast recovery and optimal results. At Marathon Physical Therapy, we will create a personalized treatment plan for you, based on the specific needs of your condition. We will also provide “work conditioning” to train your body to perform in the correct ways while you’re on the job. For example, if continuous poor posture is the culprit for the lower back pain you’re experiencing, we will help you improve your posture through core
strengthening exercises and stretches. We will also help you implement helpful techniques into your daily work habits to prevent your risk of further injuries, such as: • Keeping a healthy weight. • Breaking up your repetitive tasks. • Scheduling at least 30 minutes of physical activity into your day. • Practicing correct lifting techniques (with your legs, not your back!) • Maintaining proper posture throughout the day. • Listening to your body - take a break if you are painful and seek the help of your physical therapist if it persists. Our goal is to help our patients regain their peak levels of physical function, while simultaneously reducing their risk of future problems. If you are suffering from a work injury, contact our office to schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained physical therapists. We will help you recover and get back to work as quickly as possible! Sources: https://www.moveforwardpt.com/patientresources/videolibrary/detail/workplace- repetitive-stress-injury https://mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/speaking-of-health/avoiding-and- recovering-from-work-related-injuries
TOP COMMON WORKPLACE INJURIES 1. Slips, trips and falls 2. Muscle strains 3. Being hit by falling objects 4. Repetitive strain injury
5. Crashes and collisions 6. Cuts and lacerations 7. Inhaling toxic fumes 8. Exposure to loud noise
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