Four work-related injuries that physical therapists treat

common workplace injuries

Workplace injuries are tough on your body and your mind because they not only inhibit your ability to work, but they affect your ability to live your normal daily life outside of work. It’s important to be aware of the hazards at your workspace and practice proper safety procedures to avoid harm.

However, you can still get hurt despite your best efforts. You never know what kind of accident may be awaiting you, but if it happens, you can be confident that physical therapy can help you.

Common workplace injuries treated by physical therapists

Physical therapists are healthcare professionals who specialize in treating injuries and conditions that affect your bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons. Since many workplace injuries affect one or more of these areas, physical therapy is an excellent choice for you if you’ve been hurt at work.

Four common workplace injuries that we treat at Whatcom Physical Therapy include:

  1. Shoulder pain — The muscles, ligaments and tendons in your rotator cuff can become stretched or torn from lifting too many heavy objects or straining too hard when reaching over your head for something.

  2. Back pain — Back pain is a common workplace injury because it occurs in all kinds of settings. Back pain can affect workers who frequently lift heavy objects, and it can affect people who spend too many hours per day sitting in a chair with poor posture.

  3. Neck pain — Neck pain can develop from poor posture as well. It can also develop if you’ve stretched or torn the muscles in your neck while performing some type of heavy labor at work.

  4. Wrist pain — Wrist pain is caused by frequent jarring motions and holding your wrist in improper positions for prolonged periods of time. People who operate machinery, drive long distances or spend a lot of time typing are at high risk for wrist pain.

Contact Whatcom Physical Therapy about treating a workplace injury

The physical therapists at Whatcom Physical Therapy can treat all kinds of workplace injuries, including the four listed above. Contact us today to schedule an appointment if you’ve been injured at work recently and would like help from a healthcare professional in recovering and reducing your pain.