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Work Related Injury Services

Work-related injuries are injuries that occur on the job and as a direct result of the duties assigned to the specific job position. Work-related injuries are typically physical, and may require the services of an expert physical therapist. Work-related injuries should be covered by workers compensation.

There are a number of ways a physical therapist will treat a work-related injury, depending upon the specific case. These include:

  • Electrical Stimulation using a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) Unit. TENS is a noninvasive therapeutic pain management modality that is used alone or in conjunction with pain medications or other pain-management techniques. A TENS unit is used to transmit low-voltage electrical currents through the skin to the underlying nerves at the area where pain occurs. TENS is used to treat both chronic and acute pain associated with musculoskeletal problems (e.g., arthritis, low back pain), dental problems and procedures, bursitismenstruationurinary incontinence, surgical procedures, labor and deliveryfracture pain, and traumatic injuries. TENS is also used as an adjunct treatment for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.
  • Hot/Cold Packs — Hot packs increases blood flow, relieve pain and increase movement, while cold packs decrease blood flow to an area to reduce pain and swelling immediately after an injury. These are used in contrast therapy under supervision, and may be considered medically necessary as thermal modalities (hot or cold) for painful musculoskeletal conditions and for acute injuries.
  • Kinetic Therapy — Use of dynamic activities to improve functional performance. Kinetic therapy may be considered medically necessary when there are major impairments or disabilities which preclude the individual performing the activities and exercises that are ordinarily prescribed. In kinetic therapy, considerable time is spent developing specific, individualized therapeutic exercises and instructing the patient in how to perform them. The term kinetic therapy is not intended to apply to instructions in routine exercises.
  • Massage Therapy — Massage involves manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding and/or causing movement of or to the body, using primarily the hands. These techniques affect the musculoskeletal, circulatory-lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of the body with the intent of improving a person's well-being or health. The most widely used forms of massage therapy include Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, sports massage, neuromuscular massage, and manual lymph drainage. Massage therapy is considered medically necessary as adjunctive treatment to another therapeutic procedure on the same day, which is designed to restore muscle function, reduce edema, improve joint motion, or for relief of muscle spasm.
  • Therapeutic activities — This procedure involves using functional activities (e.g., bending, lifting, carrying, reaching, pushing, pulling, stooping, catching and overhead activities) to improve functional performance in a progressive manner. The activities are usually directed at a loss or restriction of mobility, strength, balance or coordination. They require the professional skills of a provider and are designed to address a specific functional need of the member. This intervention may be appropriate after a patient has completed exercises focused on strengthening and range of motion but need to be progressed to more function-based activities. These dynamic activities must be part of an active treatment plan and directed at a specific outcome.
  • Therapeutic Exercises that involve instructing a person in exercises and directly supervising the exercises. The purpose of these therapeutic exercises is to develop and/or maintain muscle strength and flexibility including range of motion, stretching and postural drainage. Therapeutic exercises are performed with a patient either actively, active-assisted, or passively (e.g., treadmill, isokinetic exercise lumbar stabilization, stretching, strengthening). Therapeutic exercise is considered medically necessary for loss or restriction of joint motion, strength, functional capacity or mobility which has resulted from disease or injury.
  • Traction — This technique involves the manual or mechanical pull on extremities or spine to relieve spasm and pain under supervision of a physical therapist. Traction may be considered medically necessary for chronic back or neck pain. This modality, when provided by physicians or physical therapists, is typically used in conjunction with therapeutic procedures, not as an isolated treatment. Standard treatment is to provide supervised mechanical traction up to four sessions per week. For cervical radiculopathy, treatment beyond one month can usually be accomplished by self-administered mechanical traction in the home.
  • Acupuncture is a type of alternative medicine that treats patients by insertion and manipulation of solid, generally thin needles in the body.

The staff at Choice One Physical Therapy is experienced at helping the victims of work-related injuries relieve their pain. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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