Contrary to popular belief, work-related injuries do not only occur in physically demanding jobs such as construction. In fact, many injuries occur in the office due to repetitive, everyday activities that cause trauma over time. These overuse injuries, which include carpal tunnel syndrome, can be difficult to address immediately as their onset is quite gradual. However, such work-related injuries are often serious, may cause absenteeism in the workplace and can create expenses from worker’s compensation.
What are the most common work-related injuries?
While 374 million non-fatal work-related injuries occur each year, almost 90 percent of them are in the back and neck. Substandard ergonomics or poor posture can contribute to chronic neck and back pain. Repetitive motions and hours spent on the computer can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome, which is marked by burning and difficulty gripping objects. Back injuries, such as herniated discs or pulled muscles, may arise from poor posture, improper lifting of heavy objects or missteps on a wet office floor. Both herniated discs and carpal tunnel syndrome can cause nerve pain, sometimes resulting in neck pain and headaches. Overall, work-related injuries most commonly arise from repetitive motions, falling objects, falling and overexertion.
How can I treat a work-related injury?
It is important to seek medical care as soon as possible after a work-related injury to avoid further complications. An alternative to pain medications is chiropractic care, which can promote faster healing, increase motion and flexibility, improve mental outlook and prevent future injuries. Depending on the injury, Urban Chiropractic may use a variety of treatment techniques, including spinal manipulation, decompression, ergonomic changes and physical therapy. Patients who receive chiropractic care may be able to return to their usual activities quickly and without pain.