A workplace injury could leave you out of work for days, weeks or even months. Unfortunately, while they can be prevented in many cases, work injuries are extremely common. Over 2.5 million workplace injuries were reported in the United States during the year 2019, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many work injuries result in lost wages, pain and discomfort, and some can lead to permanent injury or disability if left untreated.
Why should I seek a free physical therapy consultation for my work injury?
It is important to seek treatment for your work injury for many reasons. You may not experience symptoms of your injury for days or weeks after an incident, and continuing to work may put you at risk for permanent disability. Luckily, a free consultation from a licensed physical therapy clinic can help. Here’s why:
- To pinpoint the cause of pain — One of the main reasons patients seek help from a physical therapist is to deal with pain. Physical therapy specialists are trained to be able to identify the injury that is causing you pain, and choose the best methods of treatment for you.
- To improve mobility — Being able to move your body as easily as you did before you were injured is paramount. Before returning to work, you need to be able to walk, bend, lift or perform any task that is needed without being limited by your mobility. Physical therapists use methods such as soft tissue mobilization and therapeutic exercise to get you moving freely again. They can identify which techniques can help improve your mobility during your initial consultation.
- To determine functional capacity — It is important to not return to work before your physical therapist determines you are ready. They can perform an evaluation based on your recovery and the nature of your job to determine when you will be able to return to work, and what accommodations your workplace may need to put in place for you. Your therapist may recommend a functional capacity evaluation during your free consultation.
- For work conditioning — One of the fears of patients who have been injured at work is that they may become injured again. Thankfully, your physical therapist can guide you through conditioning exercises to help strengthen your body and prevent further injury. They may even provide you with a personalized exercise plan during your initial examination.
Where can I go for a free physical therapy consultation?
Back in Motion Physical Therapy offers free consultations for anyone with a workplace injury or other physical therapy needs. Our team of licensed physical therapy specialists will work with you to determine the extent of your needs, and craft a physical therapy program to suit them.
Contact us today for more information for work injury treatment or to schedule an initial appointment.