What Would My Next Step Be If Physical Therapy Isn’t Working for My Work-Related Back Injury?

January 22 , 2024

At the Ramsay Law Firm, P.A., our Charlotte workers’ compensation attorneys know that physical therapy requires commitment and work for both the physical therapist and the patient over weeks or months.

If physical therapy is not providing the expected relief for your work-related back injury, it could be for multiple reasons, including unrealistic expectations, inconsistent appointments, failure to complete home exercises, a misdiagnosis, or simply a poor fit between the patient and their therapist.
Physical Therapy After Suffering a Workplace Back Injury

Although this information does not constitute medical advice or diagnosis, we discuss general steps to consider if physical therapy is not working for your back injuries.

What Steps Should I Take If Physical Therapy Is Not Helping My Work-Related Back Injury?

If physical therapy is not helping you restore, maintain, and improve your physical function, mobility, and overall well-being, you may consider taking additional steps to get the help you need.

This may include:

  • Reevaluating Your Treatment Plan

Discuss your concerns with your physical therapist and explain how your body feels. Are the exercises too difficult, causing pain and making you lose motivation? Your physical therapist is trained to adjust your treatment plan to find one that works for your unique injuries and circumstances.

  • Consider Alternative Therapies

Depending on your specific condition, your healthcare provider might suggest alternative therapies like chiropractic care, acupuncture, yoga, massage, prolotherapy, or other pain management techniques.

  • Workplace Accommodations

If your injury is work-related, consider discussing accommodations with your employer to prevent further strain on your back. This could include ergonomic adjustments or changes in your work environment.

  • Consult Your Healthcare Provider

Schedule an appointment with your doctor or the healthcare professional overseeing your treatment. Share your concerns about the lack of progress with physical therapy, and ask for a reassessment of your injuries — in case they have been misdiagnosed — considering there have been changes or new developments that could affect your treatment plan.

If necessary, your healthcare provider may order imaging tests (like X-rays or MRIs) to better assess the extent of your injury or any changes since your initial diagnosis. If your condition requires specialized care, your healthcare provider might refer you to a specialist like an orthopedic doctor, neurologist, or pain management specialist.

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Our dedicated Mecklenburg County workers’ compensation law firm provides free consultations to all employees who have suffered a workplace injury in North Carolina by calling (704)-376-1616 or contacting us online.

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