Thus if you incur a work injury and need physical therapy, worker’s compensation should cover the costs for treatment. At the same time, there are some basic rules to get that treatment covered with a worker’s compensation physical therapy claim. Each situation can be unique so call our office and we’ll help you with guidance through the process. The key is to report the injury to your employer as soon as possible and to get medical treatment as soon as possible. These two steps will help ensure a successful worker’s compensation physical therapy claim.
The most common work injury is “overexertion”, the state of being physically and or mentally pushed beyond one’s limits. It’s most often seen in construction, factory, and warehouse jobs. Generally a muscle’s exerted or a joint’s stressed beyond it’s natural ability (anatomically). However it’s important to note common white-collar workplace injuries should not be overlooked.
Because white-collar jobs typically involve desk work, back pain from sustained sedentary sitting can become problematic outside of work and prevent you from exercising, sleeping, or performing normal activities. Angling your head to read a computer screen all day commonly results in neck pain. Sitting at a computer and even using a computer mouse can cause a repetitive motion injury like bursitis, tendonitis and carpal tunnel – all requiring worker’s compensation physical therapy. Even migraines and headaches may be directly related to problems with the neck or spine.
While working at your desk, the muscles in your lower back, forearm, arm, shoulder, and neck are under repeated or sustained muscular contraction. Most white-collar injuries occur because of repeated strain on a muscle or group of muscles, tendons, ligaments, etc
If you’ve been injured via a work-related cause and are receiving accident insurance from your employer, your physical therapy is also covered. To receive treatment your doctor must authorize and order that you receive physical therapy for your work-related injury. Once our office receives approval from your insurance company, we can begin scheduling your workers’ compensation physical therapy appointments.
Perfect Stride Physical Therapy provides expert one-on-one rehabilitation services to help remedy all your work-related injuries. After performing a comprehensive exam to help us better understand your condition, we’ll begin devising a strategy that will improve your mobility and reduce pain. Our physical therapists provide an array of services to properly assist in your rehabilitation process.
During your initial visit, we will perform a comprehensive examination to determine the root cause of your pain. This examination will also enable us to determine what type of treatment would be best for you. We will also help you prevent the risk of future injuries and will work to promote your long-term health. In addition to your scheduled sessions, we’ll provide you with at-home exercise plans so you can continue monitoring your injury. We can also treat you with online virtual worker’s compensation physical therapy sessions, commonly referred to as “Telehealth”.
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For employees, the benefits are clear: if treatment needs to occur into the evening or early morning, an on-demand telehealth physical therapy session could accommodate scheduling.
One of the key ways we deliver a positive outcome for patients during workers’ compensation physical therapy treatment is ensuring outcome goals are tailored to the needs of each individual patient. This approach, to individualized treatment plans, helps ensure quality patient care while effectively managing claim costs. The outcome of physical therapy depends on several factors including the level of disability, the type of physical impairment, compliance with home exercises and any complicating medical issues (like arthritis or diabetes).
Workers’ compensation physical therapy is normally less expensive than surgery and is less invasive. Overall, physical therapy benefits the employee in most cases where it is used. Our physical therapists have the knowledge and expertise necessary to ensure you’re receiving the specialized care that will help your injury.
Lastly, stay mindful physical therapy is designed for both your immediate injury and long-term recovery, and can reduce the need for pain medication and the likelihood of re-injury in the future. If you’ve been injured in the workplace, be sure to give us a call for a one-on-one consultation and full assessment, our physical therapists are skilled and committed to your recovery.