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What Is An Occupational Specialist? 3 Ways They Can Help You Return to Work

What Is An Occupational Specialist? 3 Ways They Can Help You Return to Work

A workplace injury can feel like the end of the world, but an occupational therapist can help restore your confidence as you work to regain your mobility. The goal is to help you return to work without losing any of your original functionality.

At Indus Healthcare, with offices in Pomona, West Covina, and Montclair, California, Dr. Amit Reenu Paliwal and his experienced team provide occupational medicine services to help those injured at work recover fully and return to their jobs.

Common types of occupational injuries 

Occupational injuries include any type of injury incurred while you’re at work. You might have an acute injury, caused by a fall or damage from a piece of equipment causing a cutting or crushing injury. 

Alternatively, you could end up with a chronic condition caused by repetitive motion over long periods of time, leading to pain in your back or joints. Even your environment could be dangerous, if you’re subjected to extremely loud noises, chemicals, or hazardous materials.

3 ways occupational medicine helps you get back to work

Dr. Paliwal builds your occupational therapy plan to fit your specific needs. He may recommend medications, physical therapy, rehabilitative therapy, or even surgery to get you back in good shape. He also reports lingering disability, if any exists, so you can get the extra help you need.

We have three objectives in mind to help you return to work:

1. The correct diagnosis

Dr. Paliwal carefully examines you, reads the documentation about your injury, peruses any medical records that have been generated, and confirms a diagnosis, as well as checks for any side effects of your injury. The right diagnosis is vital to getting the right treatment.

2. A comprehensive treatment plan

The next step is to create a customized treatment plan that takes into account your physiology and other health issues you may have, and the severity of your injury. Ideally, the treatment plan will help manage symptoms such as pain while also working to resolve the root cause of those symptoms.

3. Adaptation techniques when needed

By the end of your course of treatment, the ultimate goal is for you to be able to go back to work and do the same tasks as before, without difficulty or pain. This doesn’t necessarily mean you will do everything exactly as you did before. Your occupational therapy program can help you find workarounds if your injury leaves you with any mobility limitations, or show you ways to prevent future injuries. 

Be prepared

At Indus Healthcare, we routinely work with patients covered by workers’ compensation laws, and we provide occupational therapy services to help you return to work. However, it’s critical to know how to be prepared in case of a workplace injury, so you can get the help you need. 

In the state of California, a workplace injury requires you to report the injury as soon as possible, seek emergency treatment if necessary, document your injury and the circumstances around it thoroughly, and file a workers’ compensation form for treatment after a workplace injury

Have you suffered an injury in your workplace? Indus Healthcare can help. Call our location nearest you to book an appointment, or send us a message online

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