If you have sustained a work-related injury, physical therapy may be used to treat your injury. Physical therapy is a specialized field of medicine used to treat many different ailments, including disorders to the musculoskeletal system and neurological disorders and diseases. A physical therapist will use a variety of treatment methods to heal a patient. Techniques include the use of massage, heat packs, cold packs, exercise, and electrical stimulation. The ultimate goal of physical therapy is to restore the degree of mobility the patient had before the injury.
Tip #1: Work with Your Physical Therapist
A physical therapist is a licensed medical professional trained to treat patients through physical therapy techniques. It is the job of a physical therapist to evaluate, diagnose, and develop an individualized treatment plan. After the therapist makes a prognosis, the therapist and the patient will work together to establish a realistic goal for recovery. If necessary, the therapist will modify the treatment plan.
Tip #2: Don’t Have Unrealistic Expectations
It is important to set goals when being treated in physical therapy. Goals help a patient move closer to recovery, and should be based on realistic expectations. A patient should have short-term and long-term goals. Ask your therapist to help determine the time-frame for each goal.
Tip #3: Be Patient
Physical therapy patients often ask how long it will take to recover. Each patient is different, so the answer to this question will vary. Concentrate on achieving short-term goals rather than focusing on complete recovery. It is also important to participate in a home exercise program; this will help speed the recovery process.
Tip #4: Seek Legal Advice
Have you sustained a work injury? You may be entitled to benefits under Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation law if your injury occurred in the course of your employment. Contact a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation lawyer at Calhoon and Kaminsky P.C. Call 717-695-4722 or 877-291-WORK (9675) for a consultation.