Every profession today has some level of risk for employees to receive an injury at work. Office professionals are at an increased risk for the neck, back or carpal tunnel injuries. Employees that work in physically demanding positions can experience an injury due to the physical requirements or repetitive motions that they conduct throughout the day. No matter what profession you are in, injuries that are related to work are stressful and unfortunately, leave employees with the decision to continue working through their pain or take the time off to allow for the proper treatment and healing.
One recent study found that individuals who received physical therapy as part of their injury treatment were able to return to work more quickly than those who did not. Additionally, people who reported receiving physical therapy for neck and back pain had less than two hours of missed work per year as an average. It is essential to understand the types of injuries that many employees sustain in order to find the best way to treat those injuries.
Force – Force injuries are caused by overexertion or strain on the muscles or joints. These injuries are typically the result of improper lifting or lifting objects that are too heavy.
Posture – Poor posture or slouching can result in additional strain on the joints in your back and neck. This can be compounded when individuals are in an office setting and retain these positions for long periods of time.
Repetition – Employees that repeat the same motion over time are at an increased risk for repetitive motion type injuries. These injuries occur because the muscles become fatigued and can no longer adequately perform the required movement, or because the joints can wear down over time.
Stress – Emotional stress can manifest in physical injuries. Employees that are under constant or extreme stress often keep their muscles tensed and rigid which leaves them at increased risk of injury or accident.
Physical therapists have a long successful history of helping employees recover from their injuries in order to return to work quicker. In fact, physical therapy has been shown to return employees back to their work faster than many other methods of treatment.
Non-invasive techniques require little to no recovery time in direct contrast to surgeries that often require extensive preparation and recovery and can be prohibitively expensive for many patients.
Physical therapy is a safe and effective treatment that offers benefits after the first treatment and has been shown to last long after the last treatment. This style of treatment also can help to avoid or eliminate the need for using potentially addictive and lethal pain medications.
Injuries or accidents that occur as part of a workplace incident can be difficult to navigate. However, patients who choose to use chiropractic care as part of their treatment plan are more likely to return to work more quickly than those who don’t. Physical therapy has also been found to be more effective and less dangerous than many other options. If you are the victim of a workplace accident or injury, you should contact your physical therapist today to develop your individualized treatment plan.