By Michael Hall
Workplace injury has its own unique stresses, demands and requirements. This is why work injury treatment is governed by the Work Injury Management Act. The Work Injury Management Act details the steps as to how work injury treatment is to be administered for a workplace injury. It is a recognition that business pressures, time deadlines, physical, psychological and chemical stresses, productivity concerns and relationship tensions make treating work injuries challenging and complex.
Let’s start at the very beginning...
The best place to start is how to prevent a workplace injury. Doing a work place audit to analyze a work place environment as well as the physical, psychological and chemical stresses, can be invaluable in identifying potential work place hazards, long before they turn into injuries and preventing the need for work injury treatment in the first place.
Coupling this knowledge with the knowledge of the physical (and psychological) capacity of workers, will highlight whether particular people might be at risk. This will enable changes to be made proactively, perhaps through the retraining of staff, ergonomic alterations or adjustments made to systems.
Ok, a workplace injury has occurred, what do I do next?
First aid! This means ensuring the area is safe, before assisting the injured worker. Checking for vital signs (Airway, Breathing and Circulation) is of paramount importance as is calling for assistance.
If the injury is one that is musculo-skeletal in nature, weeks and perhaps even months of treatment may be saved if the RICE principles are correctly applied immediately after sustaining an injury. Here’s what to do:
Rest - from any aggravating movement
Ice - Apply ice or a frozen gel pack wrapped in a damp towel for 15 minutes every one to two hours to reduce bleeding, swelling and further tissue damage
Compression - Firmly bandage the area to control swelling
Elevation - Elevate your injury higher than your heart to reduce swelling
At the same time, you must avoid HARMing your injury, especially within the first 72 hours. That is, you need to avoid:
Even if the injury is not life threatening, it is still imperative that supervisor(s) are notified and that a written report is made. Following this, it is advisable for the injured worker to have a medical examination. This enables the doctor to then direct treatment, and to ascertain whether the worker might require further medical investigation or perhaps be referred directly for rehabilitation.
The Bodywise Health advantage
By listening to your concerns, understanding your fears, determining the diagnoses, identifying your needs, analyzing the demands and clarifying your goals, enables us to personalize treatments and implement targeted rehabilitation plans that deliver real results, both for you and your organization.
The systems that we have developed working with some of Australia’s biggest companies including Myer, Australia Post and Coles in the InjuryNet program over the past six years, has enabled us to assist people to stay at work whilst enabling them to get better, often within four treatments, saving thousands of dollars and much stress and anxiety in the process.
Getting better quickly is the only choice. It saves time, money, stress and prevents worry and misunderstanding and provides the best possible outcome for all parties.
Work injury treatment – taking the next step towards recovery
What sets work injury treatment apart from the treatment of injuries sustained in other walks of life is the fact that they occur as part of person’s work. Successful work injury treatment not only requires an intimate understanding of the injury, it also requires an understanding of the work environment, the physical demands and biomechanical considerations of the work itself as well as other physical, psychological, chemical and social factors. For example, a gardener with a back problem will need a different conditioning program to a fireman. Consequently, each rehabilitation and conditioning program must be tailored not only to each person’s needs, but also to the demands of the work that they do.
The Bodywise Health Advantage
If you want the fastest healing, the best repair and the most complete recovery, Bodywise Health is uniquely positioned to assist you best. From assessing your injury, to determining the diagnosis, to providing fast relief, optimal healing, targeted rehabilitation, work ergonomic assessment and work specific conditioning, our therapists have the knowledge, skills, equipment and passion to help you achieve the best results at the fastest possible rate.
Let’s get started...
Whether you are a builder, baker or a banker, the therapists here at Bodywise Health can design the perfect treatment and rehabilitation program to get you back to your work fast.
Your recovery begins with:
1. A comprehensive assessment to identify the sources, causes and healing stage of your problem as well as determine your physical strengths and weaknesses and the demands of your sport;
2. Clarification of your goals, concerns and aspirations;
3. The formulation of a treatment plan with an agreed timeline;
4. The implementation of the treatment program, with frequent re-evaluations to ensure
Not only does this set clear expectations, it gives you a sense of control and certainty knowing that you are on track and it gives us a target to meet and exceed.
But it all begins with you. You must take the first step. Once on board, we will be there to help you every step of the way. The sooner we begin, the sooner you get back to doing what you want to do. Let’s get started...
For more information or for an appointment, please call Bodywise Health on 1 300 263 994.
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