A work injury can be described as any injury or illness sustained while an employee is on the job. Many occupations can present potentially dangerous situations, including construction, police work or nursing. However, even office work can lead to work-related injuries. Sitting in the same position for prolonged periods of time can take a toll on your body. People who work in offices or factories are also prone to repetitive motion injuries. If you happen to get hurt at work, it is important to seek physical therapy treatment as soon as possible. Almost any type of injury that is left untreated may become more severe over time. If you have been injured at work, schedule an appointment to see what we do for pain relief and ergonomics.
Work Injuries Defined
A work injury can be described as any injury or illness sustained while an employee is on the job. Many occupations can present potentially dangerous situations, including construction, police work, or nursing. However, even office work can lead to work-related injuries, as sitting in the same position for prolonged periods of time can take a toll on your body. People who work in offices or factories are also prone to repetitive motion injuries, due to the nature of their jobs that require constant repetition. If you happen to get hurt at work, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible, as almost any type of injury left untreated may become more severe over time.
Common Work Injuries
There are several specific causes and types of work injuries. The most common include:
Back pain - Back pain is the most commonly reported source of pain, and it can be caused be several work-related activities. For example, long periods of inactivity, such as sitting at a desk all day, can lead to back pain. Conversely, too much force on your back, such as repeatedly lifting heavy items with the wrong body mechanics, can also lead to back pain. Back injuries are typically caused by rotating or twisting the back in an incorrect way, especially when lifting. If you are experiencing back pain, MoveForwardPT states that receiving early physical therapy is a cost-effective treatment option.
Tendinitis - Tendinitis develops through repetitive motions and excessive overuse of certain body parts. Symptoms typically include tenderness, pain, and swelling. This condition most commonly occurs in the knees, elbows, and shoulders, and can be corrected with physical therapy.
Carpal tunnel syndrome - Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve in the wrist is compressed, typically due to repetitive motions. Common causes of carpal tunnel syndrome include typing and assembly line work. 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. A physical therapy program may include light exercises to strengthen the muscles in your hand and wrist, as well as stretches to improve flexibility.
Sprains and strains - Sprains and strains can occur throughout the body, affecting the tendons and ligaments. These can occur from trauma, such as falling off a ladder, or repetitive motions. They can also occur as a result of improper use of equipment. Whatever the case may be, physical therapy can help you reduce or even eliminate the pain from an injured tendon or ligament.
Auto accidents - If you work in a job that requires the use of a vehicle, there is always a risk of motor vehicle injuries. Work-related automobile accidents can result in injuries ranging from mild cuts and abrasions to broken bones and severe whiplash. Physical therapy can help in your recovery from an automobile injury by reducing pain and inflammation, and restoring your range of motion.
MAXX Physical Therapy Work Injury Treatments
Physical therapy has been proven successful in quickly and effectively treating work injuries for people of all ages. Our team uses the most advanced treatment methods aimed at relieving pain, improving mobility, and promoting overall healing. We will also provide you with helpful techniques for proper performance while on the job and ergonomics education in order to prevent further injury in the future.
Physical therapy is a natural, quick and easy way to recover from work injuries. In many cases, it also eliminates the need for potentially harmful prescription drugs or surgical intervention. If you are suffering from a work injury, request a FREE Pain Assessment or schedule an appointment today. We’ll work with your worker’s compensation caseworker to help you recover quickly and get you back to your normal work performance fast!