Ready to Recover From Your Work Injury? Physical Therapy can Aid in the Recovery Process
Return to Work with the Help of Physical Therapy?
Did you sustain an injury while on the job? If so, R.A. Physical Therapy can help.
Physical therapy plays a key role in helping people recover from their work injuries, especially since treatment plans are often covered under workers’ compensation insurance.
Work injuries can cause physical, mental, and monetary distress, especially if you are unsure of how long your recovery period will be.
Because of this, it is important to consult with a physical therapist as soon as possible to get started on the right rehabilitation plan for your needs. Contact our Los Angeles, CA physical therapy office today to get started.
Proper Sitting and Standing PostureImproper posture can create many types of back pain. The spine has three natural curves: one in the neck, one in the mid back, and one in the low back. It is important to maintain these curves so the body stays “stacked up” properly. When an improper posture is maintained for extended periods of time, the muscles can become weak and fatigued, resulting in burning or sharp pain, headaches, as well as muscle spasm. Some muscle groups become overstretched while other muscle groups become shortened. The ligaments (tough cord-like tissues that provide stability for the spine) also can become irritated with improper posture, resulting in back aches and stiffness. This abnormal posture condition is called postural dysfunction.
Postural dysfunction and its symptoms can generally be resolved with proper treatment. Therapeutic exercise is used to stretch the short muscles and provide strengthening and endurance to the weak muscles. Instruction is provided on proper posture and how to avoid further episodes of pain.
Other forms of treatment may be used along with exercise and education. These “modalities,” such as moist heat, electrical stimulation, ultrasound and deep tissue massage, help to relieve the symptoms until the muscle imbalances can be corrected.
Following are examples of proper and improper posture. You should try to attain proper posture as often as possible during your day. At first your muscles will not have the endurance to keep your posture correct all day, but as you begin using proper posture more frequently it will become easier. You will find your pain and spasms begin to diminish.
The basic rules of posture are as follows:
The head should sit directly over the neck, chin tucked in slightly and not jutting forward. The ears should be over the shoulders.
The shoulders should be level and “squared” back, not slumped or rounded forward.
The mid back should be straight up and not slumped forward.
The hips should be in line with the shoulders and the ankles should be in line with the hips.
When sitting, the hips and knees should be at 90-degree angles.
A lumbar support can help maintain a natural curve in the low back.
How will physical therapy help with my work injury?
Physical therapy has been proven successful in quickly and effectively treating work injuries for people of all ages.
It 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.
At our Los Angeles, CA physical therapy practice, we employ the most advanced treatment methods for pain relief, improved mobility, and overall well-being.
Your physical therapist will create a personalized treatment plan for your specific needs, in addition to helping you with techniques for proper performance while on the job, in order to avoid further injury in the future.
Why did I experience a work injury?
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.
Did you sustain one of these work injuries?
There are several specific causes and types of work injuries.
Some of the most common include:
If you work in a job that requires the use of a vehicle, there is always a risk of a motor vehicle accident injury. 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 accident by reducing pain and inflammation, and restoring your range of motion.
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 at R.A. Physical Therapy can help you reduce or even eliminate the pain from an injured tendon or ligament.
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.
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.
Back pain is the most commonly reported source of pain, and it can be caused by 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.
Find relief for your work injury today
If you were injured at work, contact R.A. Physical Therapy today to schedule an appointment and get started on the first steps of your treatment plan. We’ll work with your worker’s compensation caseworker to help you recover quickly and get you back to your normal routine!