Treating Workplace Accident Injuries
Every year, about 3 percent of American workers will suffer an injury or an illness at the workplace that will cause them to miss at least one day of work. Many of the most common workplace accident injuries come from accidents in two categories:
- Overexertion and repetitive motion. Examples include heavy lifting, pushing, turning, throwing and less strenuous repetitive motion tasks, leading primarily to back injuries. (Not surprisingly, back injuries account for about 40 percent of workplace injuries across all industries.)
- Slips, Trips and Falls. Examples include falls in stairways and other areas without railings, slips on wet surfaces, trips over cords and cables, leading to sprains, strains and tears.
If you or a loved one are the victim of a workplace accident, you should immediately report the injury to your employer. All states have their own workers compensation laws that require employers to have insurance in place to cover injured employees. Your employer might require you to see a company doctor first, but it is often in your best interest to schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor, or an accident doctor, to make sure that x-rays are taken and that your condition is accurately reported.
Chiropractic care is often the best option for treating workplace injuries. It is recommended that you check with your employers’ workers compensation plan before scheduling an appointment to ensure that it covers chiropractic care.
How can a chiropractor help my workplace injury?
A chiropractor is interested in your overall health, and he/she will likely inquire about your family and personal medical history and review all available x-rays before forming a diagnosis. Neck and back injuries often impact multiple areas of the spine, including areas not exhibiting pain. Your chiropractor will work with you on a recovery plan to help you return to work quickly and to help you avoid future injuries.
What can I expect in terms of chiropractic treatments?
Chiropractors are known for their spinal manipulations, which involve quick but strong pressure on joints that are misaligned with your spine. However, chiropractors can also utilize exercise therapy, nutrition counseling, and heat/ice therapy to help you move past your injury and recover completely.
How effective is chiropractic care?
More than 75 percent of chiropractic patients describe their care as “very effective.” When it comes to back pain, chiropractors regularly receive higher marks than physical therapists, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons and primary care physicians.