3 Tips for Work Rehabilitation After an Accident

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Suffering from an accident is some people’s worst nightmare as the recovery time is lengthy. It is important for a victim of an accident to fully recover from the physical and emotional trauma, but that process is long and frustrating. In many cases, for a full recovery to be possible, attending work rehabilitation with follow-up appointments is necessary for many. Here are some tips to remember before returning to your active lifestyle following an accident.

Attend Physical Therapy

Going to physical therapy can greatly enhance the speed with which you recover after an accident so that you can return to normal physical activities as quickly as possible. Before you begin following a physical therapy regimen, it is import that you consult with a qualified physical therapist. They will perform a thorough, personalized assessment that will inform your customized treatment plan.

To heal as quickly as possible, you must follow this exercise plan under the supervision of your therapist. These exercises are aimed at increasing your overall endurance and strength through the injured part of your body and will increase the blood circulation to the area as well. In addition, they are designed to improve your range motion and relieve any pain that you may be suffering from after your accident.

Go Easy on Yourself

Taking the right amount of time off work and regular physical activity after an accident is difficult to many; however, no matter how badly you want to resume your life, you need to take it slow until you are fully healed. This is crucial to remember even after you have returned to work as the chances of re-injuring yourself are high in the first few weeks after recovery.

Your time off work and the first few weeks after you return to work are critical times for the healing of your body. It is important that you follow the right work rehabilitation processes and that you do them at the correct pace. Do not engage in highly rigorous physical activity until you have completely healed and take the time to rehabilitate completely before you jump back into the swing of things.

Be Careful

It is important to be even more careful while you are recovering from an accident. The old adage of “Once bitten, twice shy” is especially apt when you are returning to work after you have recovered. It is incredibly easy to get injured again if you are not being cautious about the types of risks that you are exposing yourself to.

Take extra steps to steer clears of any work operations that are hazardous at all as they will put you at risk of re-injury and the need for more physical therapy. Do not undertake anything that can worsen your current injury or cause you to have more accidents. Be more cautious than normal when you are handling dangerous machinery or equipment. Because of the increased chances of re-injuring yourself, take even better care of yourself than normal to ensure that the same thing doesn’t happen again.
These are some general tips to keep in mind when you are returning to work after you have recovered from an injury. Following these tips will speed up your rehabilitation process and help to ensure that your recovery goes as smoothly as possible. For more information about work rehabilitation processes, contact a skilled physical therapist to help get you back on your feet without stressing your body further.

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In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)

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Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)

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Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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