Work-Related Injuries

Work-Related Injuries services offered in Tigard, OR

If you suffer a work-related injury, like a broken bone or a herniated disc, seek treatment immediately. The sooner you take action, the less likely you are to experience serious side effects. At SW Physical Therapy, physical therapist John Lopez, PT, and the team specialize in diagnosing and treating work-related injuries. To make an appointment, call the office in Tigard, Oregon, or book online today.

What are work-related injuries?

A work-related injury occurs while you’re on the job. Anyone can experience a work injury, but they’re most common in industries that require physical labor, such as construction and manufacturing. 

If you hurt yourself at work, take action immediately. Stop whatever you’re doing, alert your manager, and contact SW Physical Therapy. By enrolling in treatment immediately, you can reduce the risk of complications and encourage your body’s healing process.

What are some examples of work-related injuries?

At SW Physical Therapy, the team treats various types of work-related injuries, including:

  • Slips and falls
  • Muscle strains
  • Crashes and collisions
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Broken bones
  • Dislocated joints

You might also benefit from treatment at SW Physical Therapy if you have to perform similar motions over and over, resulting in a repetitive strain injury (RSI).

What happens during a work injury consultation?

At SW Physical Therapy, a work injury consultation begins with a review of your medical records and a discussion of your injury, including what you were doing when it happened, the symptoms you’re experiencing, and their severity.

Next, your provider performs a physical exam. They assess the injured area of your body, looking for redness, swelling, or bruising. They also check your muscle strength, flexibility, and range of motion. Then, they order diagnostic imaging, such as X-rays, an ultrasound, or an MRI, to get a closer look at your hard and soft tissues.

After identifying the source of your discomfort, your SW Physical Therapy provider develops a custom physical therapy treatment plan that aligns with your needs.

How are work injuries treated?

Treatment of work injuries depends on various factors, including your age, the severity of your symptoms, and their effect on your quality of life. The team at SW Physical Therapy might recommend:

  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Osteopathic manipulation
  • Activity modification
  • Ice, rest, and elevation

Ultimately, the goal of treatment is to relieve pain, enhance your mobility, and help you return to work. 

How long does the treatment of work-related injuries take?

The time it takes to treat work-related injuries depends on numerous factors, including the severity of the injury and your commitment to the team’s treatment plan. Soft tissue injuries typically improve within 6-8 weeks,* but it may take longer. Follow your provider’s instructions and attend each of your physical therapy appointments.

To receive treatment for work-related injuries, make an appointment at SW Physical Therapy by calling the office or booking online today.

*Individual results may vary.