August was declared “Tradies National Health Month” by the Australian Physiotherapy Association. Tradies have among the highest number of injuries, musculoskeletal conditions and other health and safety risks of any profession.
Every day 10 tradies are badly injured at work. That is 3650 tradies a year on workers compensation. Nearly a quarter of all roofers, labourers and plumbers experience back pain, muscle stress and strain from lifting equipment, or slips, trips, and falls when handling materials.
Physiotherapists play a critical role in providing early healthcare intervention support, through diagnosing, treating and preventing disease and disability. Working in partnership with their patients, physiotherapists can help recovery from injury, reduce pain and stiffness, and increase mobility, and also prevent further injury.
How Can Physiotherapy Help?
Physiotherapists are experts in human movement. They understand how your muscles, bones, joints and ligaments work and how injuries happen.
Physiotherapists are able to help get you back to work faster. Physiotherapists can:
They may use:
Early intervention and treatment through physiotherapy and the promotion of preventative health and well-being, can prolong working careers and improve general well-being for any worker in the trade industry.