In many workers’ compensation cases, medical providers will advise injured employees to undergo physical therapy as part of the recovery process.
What is physical therapy?
According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), “physical therapists are healthcare professionals who maintain, restore and improve movement, activity and health, enabling an individual to have optimal functioning and quality of life, while ensuring patient safety and applying evidence to provide efficient and effective care.”
How does it affect workers?
When workers suffer from injuries related to muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and joints, nerves and even some burns and wounds, a physical therapist can guide them throughout the healing process, writes JD Rebecca Shafer, the president of a risk management software provider.
These medical professionals collaborate with primary care physicians and other healthcare representatives to ensure patients are following up on recommended treatment and are taking physical measures to heal. In addition, physical therapists can help workers understand their injuries better, enabling a more successful recovery. While certain musculoskeletal disorders and strains may be very common among workers who lift and carry heavy objects, sit in awkward positions and perform repetitive tasks, every body type is different. Physical therapy can help workers customize their treatment to suit their needs.