Physiotherapy Treatment for Work Injuries in Kalgoorlie
Thousands of Australians suffer from work related injuries each year. Physiotherapy is essential in helping workers with musculoskeletal injury to return to work as quickly and safely as possible.
Work injuries can happen for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common work-related injuries we see are:
Overuse injuries commonly occur in the upper limbs and involve damage to soft tissue such as tendon or muscle. Overuse injuries may develop when a worker continually overloads his or her body during activities, such as repeated lifting, typing, gripping etc. Overuse injuries can be influenced by conditions in the workplace – such as workplace ergonomics/positions, loads, duration, vibration and repetition. A worker’s underlying health and general conditioning can also influence the likelihood of overuse injuries.
Sprains and strains
Many workers suffer ligament sprains or muscle strains. These can occur when a worker over stretches, twists or overloads a joint or some soft tissue. They are quite common and, if not severe, can be relatively easy to manage.
Back and neck pain
Back and neck problems are also common. Poor posture, inadequate muscle control and poor work set-up can contribute. Continual or unexpected lifting can lead to low back injury.
Managing a work injury
It is important that when you are injured at work you seek assessment and treatment early. Your doctor and physiotherapist will work together to manage your injury. Regular assessment and a combination of medical and physiotherapy or exercise physiology treatments will be used to enhance your recovery.
It is not uncommon with work related injuries for your rehabilitation to be active to prevent deconditioning and other issues from arising while you recover.
Sometimes, an injured worker may need a worksite assessment from a physiotherapist. This will help identify any factors that may be contributing to ongoing or recurrent injury. If these factors can be corrected, it may lead to better recovery from a work related injury. Simple things, such as correcting desk height and computer position, can make a huge difference.
Return to work
One of the most important aspects of managing work injury is designing a return to work program. This enables you to get back to work as soon as possible, on modified duties, so you don’t re-injure yourself. A long period off work needs to be avoided, as it can reduce your fitness for work, and may contribute to chronic injury problems.