Posted by Sansone / Lauber Trial Lawyers on April 16, 2014SHARE IT
A common injury we see after car accidents and bike accidents, are injuries to the shoulder including rotator cuff injuries. Shoulder injuries have often been described to me by my personal injury clients as some of the more painful injuries to recover from. Whether surgery is required or not, physical therapy is often the most beneficial treatment of a shoulder injury.
Physical therapy and rehab takes time and often patients are instructed to do at home therapy exercises. New research is showing that instructional videos are almost as effective in teaching patients proper therapy technique as meeting in person with a therapist.
- “First, having an additional tool to augment what the patient learns at an initial PT visit may help with exercise accuracy and hopefully therefore improve outcomes. Additionally as access to physical therapy becomes more limited due either to cost or insurance, identifying new tools to better help out patients will be essential.”
People who suffer a shoulder injury after a car accident or work place accident, will likely have insurance available to cover physical therapy visits and in person professional instruction cannot be replaced by a video. However, video instruction on shoulder therapy would be great for supplemental treatment for at home exercises.
As a personal injury attorney I see many of my clients in physical therapy that are given instruction printouts for at home exercises. With the easy availability of youtube videos on smartphones and other mobile devices, many of these healthcare providers should start recommending websites with instructional videos, or make a portion of their webpage available for their patients to play videos saved by their doctors or therapists that they recommended.
Why this is important to a personal injury case?
Any case wee handle, the #1 priority is to get our client back to 100% health or as close to it as possible. We work with our clients to make sure they get all the necessary and appropriate medical treatment to help them recover as fully as they can. At home therapy is often part of reaching that goal.
Our #2 priority is to get the largest settlement or verdict we can for our clients. This is done by maximizing damages (bills, missed income form work, past and future pain and suffering) and at home therapy can play a role. At home therapy is free so it doesn’t add up in the medical bills column for your case, however, it is very important to show the time and effort that had to go into recovery. More importantly, most jurors do not like injured people that give up and throw in the towel, they like fighters who try to recover the best they can. For example, it is better to be an injured person who tried to recover while at home using video and at home exercises, rather than being the person that does nothing unless at the doctor’s office or at physical therapy.
I often remind my clients, don’t focus on the fact you cannot run 5 miles a day anymore, focus on the fact that you try and make it about 1 mile before you have to stop because of your injury and pain. Don’t be the person that does not try at all. Most people and most jurors do not like quitters.
Committing yourself to at home therapy with instructional videos helps achieve both goals mentioned above, helps you recover as much as possible, and shows jurors that you are not a quitter and want to get better.