Treating and preventing work-related injuries
There are plenty of dangerous professions — according to the Bureau of Labor, nurses, policemen, firefighters, and home and furniture manufacturers are among the occupational groups most likely to be physically hurt while on the job. Even with workplace safety measures in effect, everyday accidents can occur that have serious health implications. St. Charles Physical Therapy is dedicated to both preventing and treating work-related injuries, from damage to nerves, muscles and joints due to repetitive stress; to accidental slips and falls; and back problems due to overexertion or lifting objects improperly.
Work-related accidents can result in a range of injuries, with the most common being:
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Machine entanglement
- Vehicle crashes
- Running into static objects
- Being hit by falling objects
- Slipping or tripping — which can cause both bodily trauma and reaction injuries
- Falling off a roof or ladder
- Injuries that result from overexertion: pulling, lifting, pushing, holding or carrying things beyond one's physical ability
St. Charles Physical Therapy will get you back to work after an injury
Your physical therapist will work closely with your doctor and your employer to help you get back on the job as quickly as possible. We regularly teach ergonomic-specific strategies and prevention exercises to restore posture, function, and mobility for work-related tasks. As you return to your job you may be assigned less strenuous duties at first, but as soon as you are able, you'll resume normal activities. Based on your workplace's specific demands, our physical therapists can offer suggestions on how to work more safely, with less chance of re-injury.
If you have questions about our services or worker's compensation insurance, or would like to schedule an appointment, call us today at 541-706-5940.
Treatment for work-related injuries is just one area of specialization in the physical therapy program at St. Charles Physical Therapy in Bend, Oregon.