Workplace injuries are unfortunately all too common, affecting millions of workers each year. While some injuries can be prevented with proper safety measures, accidents can still occur. This is where physical therapy comes in. Physical therapists are trained to help people recover from injuries and regain strength and function, including those resulting from workplace injuries.

Who is Most at Risk?

Certain occupations are more prone to workplace injuries than others. Jobs that require heavy lifting, repetitive motions, or prolonged periods of standing or sitting can increase the risk of injury. Some of the occupations with the highest rates of workplace injuries include construction workers, healthcare workers, factory workers, and truck drivers.

Common Types of Workplace Injuries

There are many types of workplace injuries that physical therapy can help with, including:

  1. Back injuries – from lifting heavy objects or repetitive motions
  2. Neck injuries – from poor posture or repetitive motions
  3. Shoulder injuries – from repetitive overhead motions or heavy lifting
  4. Knee injuries – from twisting or bending motions or falls
  5. Wrist injuries – from repetitive motions or improper use of tools or equipment

Physical Therapy Techniques for Work Injuries

Physical therapists use a variety of techniques to help treat workplace injuries, including:

  1. Manual therapy – to improve joint mobility and reduce pain
  2. Therapeutic exercise – to improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion
  3. Modalities – such as heat, ice, or electrical stimulation, to reduce pain and inflammation
  4. Ergonomic training – to help workers learn proper body mechanics and prevent future injuries
  5. Work conditioning – a program designed to help injured workers return to their pre-injury job duties

Physical therapists also work closely with other healthcare professionals, such as occupational therapists and physicians, to provide comprehensive care for injured workers.

If you have suffered a workplace injury, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Your physical therapist can work with you to create an individualized treatment plan to help you recover and get back to work safely.