Three physical therapy specialties that can help your work injury

Physical Therapy Specialties

It’s been a day, and you’re just trying to get through the day and do your job. And then it happens — you’ve injured yourself on the job. What a mess. Now, you have to deal with a workers’ comp claim and an injury. 

You’re not alone. Employers reported 2.7 million nonfatal workplace injuries in 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The top three leading causes of work-related injuries account for more than 84% of workplace injuries, according to the National Safety Council. These causes of injuries include: 

  • Overexertion, bodily reaction.
  • Falls, slips and trips.
  • Contact with objects or equipment. 

Regardless of how you injured yourself, physical therapy offers many specialties that can help you on your road to recovery. 

Three physical therapy specialties to help you find relief from work injuries

There are many different specialties that can help you and your loved ones find relief from chronic and acute pain — regardless of whether your injury occurred during work or play. Finding the right physical therapist can help you achieve the greatest results possible and find relief from your pain. Some physical therapy specialties that can help with your work injury include: 

  • Manual therapy— This physical therapy specialty is often used by physical therapists to  treat injuries and conditions that involve soft tissue and joints. This type of treatment is designed to reduce inflammation, increase range of motion and help control pain.
  • Cupping — This is a popular physical therapy specialty that’s aimed at promoting relaxation and blood flow while decreasing pain and inflammation. Our specialists are experts in using cupping therapy to treat injuries as well as reducing the risk for injuries. Perhaps, you suffer from back pain because of a work injury. Your physical therapist can help you find relief. 
  • Work hardening— This is a specialized program to help you, the worker, get in the proper shape for returning to your job. This is considered to be an ideal way of helping patients recover and return to work. Work hardening typically involves you doing tasks or movements that are specific to your job. Usually, your physical therapist will gradually increase the length of time that you’re doing these tasks until you’re ready to return to work. 

If you’re wondering what types of physical therapy specialties can help you find relief, reach out to our physical therapists at Whatcom Physical Therapy. Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.