What to do if you have a Work Cover Injury
- Lodge your injury with your employer.
- Make an appointment with your G.P. to evaluate your situation. You will be required to provide a Dr Referral to attend Work Cover physiotherapy.
- Before your initial physiotherapy appointment fill in the Patient Information Form and add your Work Cover Insurance and employer details. You must get an insurance claim number. (This can also be completed on the initial visit.)
- Bring your Dr Referral to your initial appointment.
Physiotherapy and Work Related Injuries
Maintaining the health and safety of people at work makes good sense. Physiotherapists help employees in the management in the prevention and treatment of work-related injuries.
The type of work you do may put extra strain on your body, causing discomfort and tension in your back, neck and shoulders. You need to take particular care if your work involves any of the following risk factors:
- Sitting or standing all day
- Repetitive production work
- Heavy lifting
- Bending and twisting
- Working in awkward positions
How Physiotherapists Help Injured Workers
Physiotherapists assess the cause of workplace injury and provide effective treatment to promote a speedy and full recovery. They also liaise with doctors and others involved to design return-to-work programs for injured workers.
Helping you remain at work, or aiding your quick return to work is the goal.
A personal self-management program including advice on safe work practices and good working posture will help you prevent further injury and better understand how your body works.
Physiotherapy for Injury Prevention in the Workplace
Physiotherapists provide ergonomic advice and management strategies to help prevent workplace injury and illness:
- Pre-placement physical assessments to ensure a good match between worker and task.
- Assessing possible risks associated with workplaces and equipment used.
- Evaluating workplace tasks and recommending modifications where necessary.
- Training in back care and safe-lifting methods.
- Exercise and stretching programs to reduce the risk of injury.
Through early identification of problem areas and prompt treatment of injury, employers and employees can work together to maintain the health, safety and productivity of people at work.