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PHYSICAL THERAPY AND WORKERS’ COMP. PROFESSOR: Carlos Gonzalez ENC1101 ‘Written by: Martin Diaz PHYSICAL THERAPY AND WORKERS? COMP. Have you ever heard about disabilties? Have you or your love one got seriously injured when working? Have you ever been dealing with worker's compensation or any {ype or insurance as H.M.O.S.? “The industrial expansion that took place in the United States during the 19th century was accompanied by a significant increase in workplace accidents. Af that time, the only way injured workers could obtain compensation was to sue their employers for negligence. Proving negligence was a costly, time-consuming Sffert, and offen the court ruled in favor of the employer. But by the early 1900s, a state- by-slate pattern of legislative proposals designed fo compensate injured workers had begun to emerge.” /wrvew ili, orgimedia/hottopics/insurance/workerscor Nowadays, people who got injured go through not only this legal path of getting his or her workers compensation but also surgeries and rehabilitation process which means weeks or even months doing sets of exercises. On the other hand, did you hear about functional mobility before? The professional one responsible of patients who have lost their functional mobilty is the Physical Therapist. “Physical therapists provide services ‘nat help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent Physical disabilties of patients suffering from injuries or disease, They restore, maintain, and promote overall fitness and health Their patients include accident victims and individuals with disabling conditions such as low-back pain, arthritis, heart disease, fractures, head injuries, and cerebral Paley.” (http /Awww bls gov/oco/ocos080 htm#nature), Broward and Miami Dade Physical Therapists work hard to succeed. As well as in other states or abroad, this career is fundamental to our ‘society. Why physical therapy is Important? How many patients are taking care on a regular day? How elderly and young people respond to the therapy, and what health conditions does not allow a quick recovery? Moreover, there will be an @pproach to workers’ compensation ‘system and its medical affairs. Afier having worked for more than 5 years in her field, Lina Cardona, Broward Physical Therapist, explained that physical therapy is very important because it helps {heir patients a lot to get back to their regular activities. She said, ‘My goal is letting patients know the exercises with rehab machines or without them. Once, this people Inlured learned these set of exercises, they find them easier to do at home.” (Cardona 1), She usually helps around 25 people on a regular day during the week and 10 people in the momings on the weekends. She says, “Young people are able to bear pain, so | Encourage them to speed up the treatment using weights; however, seriously injured Patients and elderly people must be treated carefully"(Cardonat). Moreover, the Treatments purpose of any therapy is avoiding using a wheelchair, She said, "My goal is letting this people avoid temporary disabilties or long-term handicapping. As a resut, most young people achieve 700% of recovery or at least his or her functional motility sasily. On the other hand, most elderly peopie face either slow changes or partial ‘eeovery since their third age condition. Not to mention when one of the following health Conditions has been found in one of my hundreaths of patients: First, replacements or