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Improving Your Workplace Wellness (3)

Use PT to Reduce Costs; Avoid Surgeries, Opioids

Updated June 9, 2021 Originally published October 23, 2017

This is a special time of year for those of us in physical therapy. National Physical Therapy Month was established by the American Physical Therapy Association each October to recognize the impact and raise awareness of the valuable role we play in helping people decrease their pain, improve their mobility and return to function.

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Help Reduce Chronic Low Back Pain Among The Workforce

Updated June 9, 2021 Originally published October 02, 2017

One of the biggest reasons workers go out on comp is due to low back pain (LBP). For many people it is a recurring problem. A new study even shows that having an episode of LBP is the main risk factor for having recurring episodes.

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Keep Workers Injury-Free Following Storms

Updated June 9, 2021 Originally published September 18, 2017

As many Americans recover from the devastation from the two recent hurricanes, it’s important to ensure workers stay safe and healthy. Many people are engaged in cleanup and rebuilding efforts both at home and at work, and are likely engaged in tasks that are not part of their normal daily routines. This can cause a variety of musculoskeletal injuries, as they use muscles they normally don’t and may find themselves in awkward physical positions.

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Workplace Complaints Can be Opportunities for Savvy Employers

Updated June 9, 2021 Originally published August 31, 2017

More than half of American adults face “unpleasant and potentially hazardous” working conditions. Almost three-quarters spend at least one-fourth of their work time in “intense or repetitive physical labor.”

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More Proof: Early PT = Better Outcomes

Updated June 9, 2021 Originally published August 15, 2017

“Early referral for outpatient rehabilitation may reduce the utilization of health services that carry greater risks or costs in those with nontraumatic knee pain.”

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Timely, Appropriate PT Needed

Updated June 9, 2021 Originally published July 13, 2017

A new return-to-work study glaringly illustrates some of the problems with getting quick, appropriate medical care to injured workers. It also shows a substantial percentage of injured workers are not being shown how to do their jobs safely to prevent reinjury.

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New PT Data Registry Holds Promise

Updated June 9, 2021 Originally published June 28, 2017

A new outcomes registry may lead to improved care for injured workers. At least, it’s a step in the right direction.

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Get the Best From Older Workers

Updated June 9, 2021 Originally published June 06, 2017

The workforce is definitely aging, and that can be great for employers. These workers typically are extremely loyal, dedicated to quality, and can serve as mentors to younger workers with less expertise and experience. To get the most benefit from older workers, companies need to make sure they stay safe and healthy. Understanding some of the unique factors involved in the aging process can help protect these workers, and make sure they get the most appropriate treatment when they are injured.

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