There are millions of workers injured around the world each year. Accidents can range from falls, crushes from heavy loads, muscle and back strain, carpal tunnel, tendonitis’s and repetitive strain, amongst other conditions.
You can seek some relief through various ways that include physiotherapy. Physiotherapy relaxes muscles, joints and tendons to bring some relief in any of these situations.
Depending on the injury type and location, there can be several techniques and approaches to deal with pain. Before your physiotherapist starts with any of the treatment and management techniques, he or she will first assess you in order to identify the extent of the injury and come up with the best way to deal with your condition. Because most conditions require several visits, we will draw up a schedule of short and long-term therapy goals.
What are the Expected Results?
While results may differ from one person to the other, physiotherapy can help you to attain the following results:
• Increase the flexibility of the affected joints and increase the range of motion of the joints
• Enhance the strength of weakened muscles due to the injury
• Improve the function of limbs
• Relieve stiffness and any associated pain
• Provide lifestyle advice to help deal with the conditions that led to the injury
• Provide advice about improving ergonomics both at home and the workplace
• Support any other medical aid that you may be undergoing to quicken the relief
Recovery from a workplace injury may take varying times. Physiotherapists may change various techniques and exercises as you heal from the injury. They will work with you and evaluate progress with each visit.
Your treatment will focus on your physical well-being and mental health to enable you to handle the entire process. Part of the process includes education, which includes advice on work and exercise. Based on the condition and its extent, you may need to make lifestyle changes to maintain good general health.
Types of Therapies
The technique used in workplace physiotherapy depends on the location and extent of the injury. The techniques include mobilisation and manipulation, dry needling, pain management, soft tissue therapy and exercises to enhance strength and blood circulation. Sometimes we use a combination of two or three of these methods to achieve a better result.
Work hardening is a series of exercises focused on restoring the body’s strength in preparation for work. This normally happens after the healing of the injury. It is a transition from in-clinic or at-home care to full return to work. Users build tolerance and endurance that is required to withstand the requirement of the job. The work hardening techniques used depend on the injury and work to be performed.
You do not have to wait until you are unable to work to take a physiotherapy session. Work-related conditions such as constant fatigue, unexplained joint pains, loss of muscle strength, inability to move joints, and headaches may also be relieved through physiotherapy. This also prevents the progression of the conditions to the debilitating stage.
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