Business owners have the legal responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of their employees in the workplace by adhering to set standards or guidelines. Unfortunately, even with safety provisions and preventive strategies, some accidents and subsequent injuries may still occur and are simply beyond an employer’s control. Therefore, employee-centric companies do not only provide proper compensation to their injured workers, but also rehabilitative therapy to help them get back to work at the soonest possible time.
Common Workplace Injuries
According to the Wellness Council of America, a worker is injured every five seconds and every ten seconds a worker suffers an injury that can cause temporary or permanent disability. So what are the usual types of injury faced by workers on a daily basis? Six most common injuries on the job include repetitive motion (carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic shoulder or neck pain), overextension (sprained or torn muscles, slipped disk), falling from heights (falling down stairways, scaffoldings, ladders), falling objects (getting hit by falling objects from product shelves or pallets), slipping and falling (injuries that result in fractures, head injuries, and torn ligaments), and assaults (escalating employee tensions, firings, and retaliation).
Rehabilitation through Physical and Occupational Therapy
More often than not, the abovementioned workplace injuries can result in physical limitations or disabilities that may either temporarily or permanently affect an individual’s ability to do their job. This is why some organizations work with a trusted health company, such as U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group, to provide their injured employees with physical and occupational therapy programs.
Physical therapy (PT) mainly focuses on getting patients back their full range of motion through massage, exercises, and other PT techniques. Another important goal of physical therapy is to prevent further injuries and help the patient avoid long-term dependence on medications and surgery. A dependable physical and occupational therapy company can customize their services to suit your needs and those of your employees, all while lowering overall costs.
Unlike PT that centers on mobility or motion, occupational therapy (OT) helps patients who are recovering from an injury or have developed certain disabilities making them unable to perform day-to-day tasks with little or no difficulty. OT programs assist recovering employees to cope and adapt to their daily home and work life until they finally regain their full health.
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