Workers' Comp Physical Therapy: Post-Injury
Accelerate the recovery process and get back to feeling your best — with JAG-ONE workers' comp post-injury physical therapy. When you get hurt on the job, it can disrupt your life quite a bit. Not only are you out of work, but you have to deal with the pain of your injury. You can recuperate from such injuries more quickly and surely with a rehab program run by an experienced physical therapist.
At JAG-ONE PT, our professional physical therapists are equipped to deal with various types of workers' compensation treatment.
(We can also help if you’re an employer looking for employee fitness and injury prevention programs or post-offer employment testing.
Post-Injury Physical Therapy Services
At any of our locations, an injured worker can expect the following services:
- Full consultation to determine a treatment plan
- A therapy team to create a personalized exercise plan
- Physical therapy for you to recover from your injury and rebuild muscle strength, so you can perform your job again
- Recommendations for exercises to do at home
When patients work with JAG-ONE PT, we implement programs and exercises that are suitable for their individual situations. Our goal is to help patients make progress toward a full recovery and return to work feeling fully capable and ready.
Workers’ Comp Situations That May Require Physical Therapy
Injuries that qualify for workers’ comp post-injury physical therapy may include, but are not limited to:
Workers' Compensation System
Workers' compensation is insurance mandated through the state to cover injuries or illnesses people incur while on the job. Workers' comp differs from how insurance companies manage other injuries, because you’re covered no matter who was at fault if you were at work or on the property of your workplace.
Through the workers' compensation system, people make requests to file a claim for injuries, with the option to receive benefits and necessary medical treatment. This includes a range of medical care options, such as:
- Emergency medical care
- Visits to a doctor
- Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy
- Pain therapy
Early Access to Physical Therapy
Starting physical therapy shortly after an injury will help you get on the surest and most successful road to recovery. Medical research shows that when workers go to physical therapy shortly after an injury, they can reduce their risk of muscle atrophy and nerve issues. You’re also likely to heal quickly, experience less pain, and return to work sooner.
Final Steps Before Going Back to Work
Even though you might feel ready to return to work, you'll have to go through some special testing first. Your employer needs to be sure you've completed a variety of tests to ensure you're fit for returning to work. The two exams explained below are administered for validation purposes.
“Fit for Duty” Testing
This exam can be defined just as its title says — a “fit for duty” test. The test usually takes place during the hiring process. However, it can also be performed when someone who has been away from the job for a while due to an injury or illness is ready to return. The employer will make sure the person isn't impacted by the injury or illness. The test may assess both physical and mental abilities.
Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) Screening
A functional capacity evaluation is performed by an occupational or physical therapist. This screening test is designed to see whether you’re capable of returning to work, and it includes a series of physical tests. It will determine whether you can manage the workload that you had been doing before. The tests are designed to evaluate your abilities as compared to the duties you have to perform. Some questions the tests will try to answer include:
- Can you perform your workplace duties safely?
- Are you able to manage your tasks without pain?
- If your job involves lifting, are you able to lift the required amount?
- If your job involves bending, standing for prolonged periods, reaching, or other physical activities, can you manage them?
Workers' Compensation Physical Therapy with JAG-ONE PT
When dealing with a workers' compensation injury, begin the road to recovery by reaching out to a certified, professional physical therapist. At JAG-ONE Physical Therapy, our therapists understand injuries from a variety of causes, and our team understands the many ways physical therapy can heal your body. You can be confident in a recovery that's not only expedient but also done right, to help ensure lasting strength and wellness.
To request workers' compensation treatment with a certified JAG-ONE physical therapist, please complete a form or contact a JAG-ONE Physical Therapy location near you.