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Physical Therapy for Auto Injuries and Workplace Injuries

Posted by Renew Physical Therapy Portland on Thursday, October 25, 2018


The most common injuries are either work-related or auto-related. Both types of injuries require immediate attention. The majority or work-related injuries are sprains and strains (See our list of the other top 5 work-related injuries), while most auto-related injuries are related to whiplash and can impact the neck and spine (Read who covers auto injury).

Depending on the severity of work- and auto-related injuries, soft tissue can take 6-8 weeks to heal. Without the proper rehabilitation these injuries can sustain long-term damage.


About 30 percent of injuries at work are related to strains and sprains and, more specifically, foot and ankle injuries. Foot or ankle injury can be caused from standing in one position too long or even from overuse and repetitive motions. The foot and ankle complex are just that, a complicated group of bony articulations with their respective muscles, tendons, ligaments, etc., that must work in connection with one another for pain-free function. An imbalance in this intricate system can lead to impaired quality of weight-bearing life (Read how Renew Physical Therapy can help with foot and ankle pain).


After an auto accident, you may not feel the immediate impact of an injury. If your neck is injured, it may be paired with arm and hand pain. If your back is injured, you may also feel pain in your legs and feet. For best treatment results, active care ideally begins within 96 hours of the accident. Both high-impact collisions and fender benders can cause devastating physical injuries that can potentially change a person’s life forever if not properly addressed with treatment in a timely manner. Auto and work-related injuries can result in time loss at work for those who are physically unable to complete their work duties, secondary to pain or other physical symptoms. We strongly encourage victims of auto accidents/work injuries, and educate urgent care facilities/primary care physicians, to seek conservative manual physical therapy care for these injuries as soon as possible, preferably the same day, if possible.

Visit our About Us page to learn more about our practice, clinic, and staff. Learn more about how we treat for Auto and Work Injury. Call us at 503.928.4914 to schedule an appointment.

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Categories: Auto Injuries, Personal Injury Protection (PIP), Physical Therapy, Work-Related Injuries