Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center
Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation located in Greenbelt, MD & Olney, MD
If you suffer an accidental injury or develop an occupational disease while performing your job, chances are you’re entitled to workers’ compensation. The experienced team at Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center has helped many people with job-related injuries get the physical therapy and rehabilitation they need to heal their injury and return to work as quickly as possible. If you need help with a workers’ compensation injury, call the office in Greenbelt, Olney, Bowie, Riverdale, Glen Burnie, Laurel, Maryland, or book an appointment online today. Same-day and next-day appointments are available.
Workers’ Compensation Q & A
What is workers’ compensation?
Workers’ compensation is insurance your employer provides that covers your medical expenses if you suffer an accidental injury while performing your job.
If you need to take time off from work or your injuries cause a permanent disability, workers’ compensation may pay a percentage of your wages. The insurance also covers vocational rehabilitation if you can return to work but not to the same job.
What medical conditions does workers’ compensation cover?
If you suffer an accidental injury or occupational disease, workers’ compensation covers your medications, assistive devices like crutches, prosthetic appliances, and your medical, surgical, hospital, and nursing expenses.
Occupational diseases typically develop gradually over many years. For example, you may develop carpal tunnel syndrome after years of repetitive hand movements.
Some of the most common injuries covered by workers’ compensation include:
- Soft tissue injuries (e.g., muscle strains, tendon tears)
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Cuts and lacerations
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Being struck by an object
- Accidents involving tools
- Car or truck accidents
- Crush injuries
Though some occupations have a higher risk of on-the-job injuries, you can end up with a workers’ compensation case in any job.
What should I expect during physical therapy for a job-related injury?
The team at Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center manages a specialized industrial rehabilitation program that includes:
Functional capacity evaluation
Your therapist evaluates your medical history, completes a physical exam, and conducts a series of functional tests to assess your current injury and physical abilities. They also compare your current strength and ability with the physical demands of your job.
Your employer, case manager, attorney, and others may use your functional capacity evaluation to determine when you can go back to work.
Your therapist places a high priority on identifying the source of your pain and providing therapy to ease your symptoms.
Work conditioning/work hardening
This is the heart of your rehabilitation. Work conditioning refers to a program of exercises and other physical therapy techniques designed to help you regain strength, mobility, motor control, and endurance. During work hardening, your therapist uses real or simulated work activities to restore the skills needed on the job.
The team completes and submits all the required workers’ compensation reports in a timely manner. They also talk with your employer, case manager, insurance provider, or attorney when needed.
Don’t wait to seek help after a job-related injury. Call Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center or schedule an appointment online today.
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