Workplace Injuries – The Stats & The Road To Recovery

In light of Men’s Health Week this month, this was an important topic we wanted to discuss on the blog. Here are a few key stats via the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare that may surprise you in regards to males in the workplace:

  • More than 9 out of 10 Australians suffering fatal injuries at work, are male
  • Men account for more than 63% of serious worker’s compensation claims
  • Of these serious claims, key industries include transport, agriculture and manufacturing

The most common forms of injury include:

  • Traumatic joint, ligament and muscle/tendon injury (41%)
  • Wounds, lacerations, amputations and internal organ damage (19%)
  • Musculoskeletal and connective tissue diseases (14%)

With these statistics increasing each and every year, there’s never been a more crucial emphasis needed on quality healthcare and competent worker’s compensation injury management to get those who are able to, back to work sooner rather than later.

Here at Progressive Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy, we are passionate about wellbeing, which means you as a whole, your family and your life.

When it comes to a work related injury or illness, we understand that it’s about your body, your family, your bank account and most importantly, the stability of your household. That’s why getting you back on track as soon as possible is important, but our priority is getting you back to your pre-injury standards or better!

We start with an initial assessment

This is about finding out exactly what happened, what you need to heal, and begin setting a foundation for your rehabilitation. This can involve us getting to know you, and what may feel like a lot of poking and prodding in the beginning. What can we say? We take our work seriously, and we are hands on! Our goal is to set up your individual picture so we can do everything in our power to support you and your family on your journey.

A multidisciplinary approach isn’t as complicated as it sounds

We build your rehabilitation through the latest research and techniques from a wide range of experts. That means that you get the best of both worlds, and that approach is what has made us so successful. We are open minded and dedicated to improvement both professionally and within our practice. This means when it comes to your treatment and rehabilitation, we have an entire evidence-based tool box ready to get you back to work, in your pre-injury state.

We’re set up for a practical approach

From hydrotherapy to exercise-based approaches, we ensure that once you have begun your healing process that your body can be rebuilt to its pre-injury status. We focus on strengthening your muscles, improving flexibility and encouraging balance and stability. This can be a longer process, none of this happens overnight. However we consistently reassess your progression and ensure our programs are exactly what you need, when you need them.

Finally, we liaise with everyone involved in the process

The paperwork can be very overwhelming, and that’s compared to the injury! We will work with your GP, workplace, insurance company and any other necessary stakeholders to lighten the load, so you can focus on your recovery.

Workplace injuries have the potential to be an extremely painful process. Trust Progressive Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy to work with you, and for you, to get you back to work when it counts the most. We take a holistic approach, and work alongside you every step of the way to make it as hassle-free as possible! Contact the practice today on (02) 4721 7798, email or book your appointment online here.

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, working in the cardiac rehabilitation program, heart failure service and mental health unit at Nepean Hospital. And at the ACU Exercise and Lifestyle Clinic working with clients with neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since graduating, Andrea enjoys working with a variety of clients. She has a particular interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, striving to help people increase their functional capacity to get them back to work, sport or the things they love doing.