Physical Therapy

Physical therapy, one of the services offered by Physicians Quality Care OCCMed, is an important component of a treatment plan after an injury – whether the injury occurred on the job or not.

The medical practice is the treatment of disease or injury with therapeutic exercises and techniques intended to restore normal function. Patients build strength and regain motion as their bodies heal.

Physical therapy alleviates pain faster and gets employees back to work in a shorter amount of time. It also saves employers money by reducing workers’ compensation payments, and it saves workers money by getting them back to their full wages sooner.

In addition to workers’ compensation and rehabilitation, physical therapists at Physicians Quality Care OCCMed treat sports injuries, sprains and strains, and neuromuscular conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. The most common ailments include arthritis, balance issues, neck and lower back pain, osteoporosis, post-operative rehabilitation, and injuries related to car accidents, work and over use.

By targeting the injury, physical therapists speed recovery while helping patients learn the right way to regain mobility and strength. The practice also helps prevent patients from developing future injuries or chronic conditions by putting stress on other parts of their body to compensate for the injury.

Physical therapy is available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, but the team will make after-hours appointments based on a patient’s need.

Physical therapists help injured employees return to work

After a person experiences an injury and has taken time off work to recover, he or she will need to go through a transition period when first returning to work. Transitional work is a step in the recovery process when a person is able to complete some job tasks, but is not yet at full capacity.

A transitional work program includes job coaching, instruction and education in safe work practices to prevent further injury. The program usually includes a combination of job tasks that a worker is able to perform safely.

A physical or occupational therapist trained in return-to-work services can evaluate a person’s ability to complete his or her job tasks and oversee a company’s return-to-work program.

Physical therapy helps a person move better and relieve pain. It can improve physical function and fitness level. Therapists help individuals of all ages to have optimal functioning and quality of life, while ensuring patient safety and applying evidence-based treatments to provide efficient and effective care.

What can a therapist do?

  • Evaluate a person while on the job to determine his or her ability to complete job tasks.
  • Recommend modifications to job tasks that the worker can complete safely.
  • Identify a worker’s meaningful job tasks.
  • Implement and supervise a company’s return-to-work program to ensure a safe, productive and functional work environment.
  • Monitor a worker’s progress regularly and reassess to determine when work tasks can be upgraded to full duty.

What can a person returning to work do?

  • Do not overestimate his or her ability and capacity to complete job tasks.
  • Complete tasks gradually on the advice of a physical or occupational therapist, health care professionals and the employer.
  • Implement the use of assistive devices that may help a person complete a task safely.
  • Develop strength and endurance in performing job tasks.