Four reasons professionals should seek occupational rehab

reasons you need physical therapy

It’s tough when you’re injured at work. Not only does a workplace injury keep you away from doing your job, but it also makes living your daily life more challenging. There are so many different types of jobs that exist in today’s world, so there are many different types of injuries that can occur in the workplace.

You may believe that occupational injuries are only a concern for people with physically demanding jobs, like warehouse workers or landscapers, but you can get injured even in an office.

If you’ve been hurt at work, you’ll want to recover quickly so you can continue doing your job and enjoy your daily life too. Many people choose to visit physical therapists for occupational injuries.

Physical therapists are healthcare professionals who specialize in treating a variety of conditions and injuries by strengthening and stretching the muscles, ligaments and tendons surrounding the injured area. Physical therapy treatments can help you recover faster and in better shape than you would be without physical therapy.

Common types of workplace injuries physical therapy can treat

Occupational rehab from a physical therapist can treat all kinds of workplace injuries. Here are a few of the most common types of injuries we treat:

  1. Shoulder pain — Constantly lifting objects, picking up something too heavy or raising your arms over your head to reach for something can lead to shoulder injuries. The rotator cuff is comprised of many ligaments, tendons and muscles that all work together to help keep the shoulder joint in place and working correctly. When one of these is strained or sprained, the entire shoulder suffers.

  2. Back pain — Back pain can occur at work for many reasons. It’s commonly associated with strain and overuse from frequent manual labor, like lifting objects, but it can also be caused by being sedentary with poor posture at a desk. It’s also possible to receive a traumatic injury to the back in jobs where accident risk is high.

  3. Neck pain — Overuse and overexertion can cause strain in the neck. You can also develop neck pain from poor posture while standing or sitting at work.

  4. Wrist pain — Wrist pain is a significant risk factor for people who drive a lot, operate jarring machinery or use a computer for multiple hours a day. The biggest concern is a carpal tunnel injury, which is a wrist injury that comes from irritation to the nerve that runs through the carpal tunnel in your wrist.

Contact Excel Sports and Physical Therapy for occupational therapy

The physical therapists at Excel Sports and Physical Therapy are skilled in treating many types of occupational injuries. If you’ve been hurt at work and would like assistance from a healthcare professional, please contact Excel Sports and Physical Therapy today to schedule an appointment and find out how we can help you.