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Three common workplace injuries that may require occupational therapy

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Most Americans will spend at least one-third of their lives in the workplace. It is likely that at some point they will suffer a work related injury that will require occupational therapy. Physical therapists work with patients to help them return to their jobs. Peak Performance explains three of the most common risks and injuries that workers suffer which may require occupational therapy.

Slips, trips and falls

People are gifted with an innate sense of balance, but that does not mean it is infallible. Slips and falls are the most common injuries in the workplace. This risk is present if you work in an office or outside. A careless employee can leave an obstacle in a walkway where there was none a moment ago. Icy or wet patches can make balance unsteady. Computer cords are waiting to snag someone walking by. Common fall injuries include:

  • Sprained wrists and ankles
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Concussion
  • Cuts and bruises

While many falls do not result in needing occupational therapy treatment, enough trips happen that it is important to stay vigilant about your footing and balance.

Repetitive motion injuries

Depending on the type of job, the repetitive motion injury can vary from person to person. Warehouse and dock workers may suffer from back problems from constantly bending and lifting heavy objects. Employees who spend a lot of time in front of a computer are at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. Physical therapists will create an individualized occupational therapy treatment program regardless of the injury.

Poor posture injuries

With more Americans working hunched over in front of a desk for long hours, back and neck problems are a natural result. These issues are common in anyone who must sit down for long periods of time such as truck drivers. Even hair stylists who must stand with their head forward and over their work are prone to back and neck pain due to poor posture.

Occupational therapy with Peak Performance

Workplace injuries are one of the biggest causes of lost job productivity. Peak Performance will help you recover from your workplace injury with a customized occupational therapy treatment plan to get you back to work. If you have recently suffered an injury in the workplace, contact us today to set up your initial consultation.