How Physical Therapy Can Help You Return to Work.
Many of us have dealt with an acute injury or chronic pain that made it painful to work or maybe even resulted in time off from work. Whether you work a desk job or are on your feet all day, a physical therapist can help restore the function needed to perform job tasks more effectively with less pain and help you return to work quickly.
What will I be doing during treatment?
- Education of proper workstation desk setup and computer ergonomics.
- Education on proper lifting postures and technique.
- Education of workplace modifications to reduce chance of reinjury.
- Prescription of individualized home exercise program to improve the ability to perform work tasks.
- Performance of exercises and activities in the clinic that are designed to decrease pain and improve function to allow you to better perform job tasks.
- Interventions designed to decrease pain and facilitate the treatment including soft tissue massage, ice, heat, and electrical stimulation.
Depending on what your job requires, the therapist will include exercises to improve your ability to perform these tasks. Some of the tasks may include the following:
- Pushing and pulling
- Lifting and carrying
- Overhead reaching
- Climbing ladders or stairs