Workplace Injury Rehabilitation Challenges
Workplace Injury Rehabilitation Challenges and How Physiotherapy can Manage Them:
What is Workplace Rehabilitation?
Workplace rehabilitation is the process of assisting and providing an injured worker treatment and assistance to return to work after sustaining an injury. Part of the rehabilitation process may involve developing a program that allows them to return to suitable duties. This involves communication with the injured worker, the GP, the treating Physiotherapist, and the employer. And in complex cases, a Rehabilitation consultant who over see’s the entire process. Our key role as Physiotherapists besides providing treatment is to assist you gradually to returning the injured worker to their pre-injury role.
Challenges the injured worker faces:
There are many parties involved in the rehabilitation of an injured worker:
- The treating doctor, specialists
- Allied health providers: Physiotherapists, Psychologists
- Insurance company: Case manager
- Rehabilitation consultant
For most workers, sustaining an injury may be their first time. There is a certain shock of sustaining an injury and not understanding its severity can result in delayed evaluation and treatment. As such, there is a huge importance placed by Work Cover to provide early assessment and treatment of the injured worker. This is to allow the worker full medical care which usually results in early return to work. Early return to work is associated with huge mental health benefits.
How does Physiotherapy help:
- Provide education
- Hands on Physiotherapy treatment
- Exercise based treatment
- Assisting patients in understanding their scan results
- Refer if adequate progress is not being made
- Communicate with GP, Specialist, Rehab consultant, Employer
For more information on how we can further assist you, please call our clinic number on 0479 080 800 or send us an email on admin [email protected] for further details. Our Physiotherapists are Medicare, NDIS, DVA and Work Cover approved, specialising in injury management and rehabilitation to get you back on track.