Thousands of workplace injuries occur every year, ranging from minor to severe, life-altering disabilities.
Depending on the type of job one has, each worker will be faced with a range of various hazards that could cause an injury to occur.
At Arrowhead Clinic, we have come up with a list of some common workplace injuries that our Chiropractic Doctors treat on a regular basis:
1. Slips, Trips, and Falls
One of the most common workplace accidents has to do with slipping, tripping, and falling.
Slips, trips, and falls account for one-third of all personal injuries in the workplace, and they're a top cause of all workers' compensation claims.
In almost any job, you're likely to encounter a wet floor at some point while working, and if the wet floor is not properly marked, injuries can occur very easily.
When you slip and fall on a wet floor, it's very easy to obtain a soft tissue injury or even a broken bone.
Often times injuries from a slip and fall will require several weeks of chiropractic care to get the patient back to normal function and health.
2. Repetitive Stress and Overexertion Injuries.
Repetitive strain injuries are one of the most common workplace injuries and are one that many employers will try to not take seriously.
One of the most common ways for someone to suffer a repetitive strain injury is with the regular use of a keyboard.
This repetitive motion performed when operating a keyboard can cause carpal tunnel syndrome, back problems, or vision problems.
The condition will normally affect the upper body, such as the elbow, wrist, forearm, hands, neck, and shoulders.
Repetitive strain injuries usually become more common over the years and can be caused by a multitude of tasks, such as forceful or repetitive activity while working.
With proper employee training and the use of ergonomic equipment, the number of repetitive strain injuries can be lowered.
3. Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries
Motor Vehicle Accidents on-the-job occur quite frequently. Whether it involves cars or semi-trucks, they can leave the driver in pretty bad shape.
Even when an employee is following all traffic laws and is practicing safe driving, a motor vehicle accident can still occur as a result of someone else's negligent driving.
Depending on the severity of the accident, victims may suffer injuries that last for years, requiring extensive medical treatment to recover.
Taking safety precautions such as going to driver training, wearing seat belts, and following appropriate traffic laws will help to prevent an accident from occurring on the part of the employee.
Unfortunately, you cannot predict how others will drive, but being prepared and paying close attention while driving will give you a greater chance of being able to avoid an accident from occurring.
4. Being Hit by Falling Objects
Objects that fall from shelves or dropped by another employee can cause very serious injuries, with the most common being head injuries.
If a person takes the full force of a falling object they can be left with cuts, lacerations, concussions or even blindness.
These injuries are not just limited to warehouse workers, but can also occur in any workplace where there are high cupboards with objects inside.
Having adequate storage units, and reminding employees on how to store items properly can help to prevent these types of injuries from occurring.
5. Muscle Strain
Anyone who regularly lifts heavy objects at work will be more susceptible to sustaining a strained muscle injury.
Back and Neck Strains, in particular, are extremely common muscle strain injuries that occur on-the-job.
Many people will put off seeing a doctor when they are suffering from a muscle strain. Often times people think it will go away in a few days.
Unfortunately the longer you wait to receive proper medical care, the worse the injury can become.
The majority of muscle strain injuries can be avoided with basic training on proper lifting techniques.
How To Prevent Workplace Injuries
There are a few things employees can do to prevent an injury at work.
Wearing the proper protective equipment is key to prevent a workplace injury. A company's workers should always have enough protective equipment.
Employees should always have safety on their minds, no matter what the job is.
What to do if you are Injured at Work
If you were injured at work and are suffering from an injury, make sure to report the injury to your employer as soon as possible, and be seen by a medical professional.
If you do not report the injury to your employer and fill out the necessary paperwork, you will, unfortunately, be stuck paying for all of your medical treatment out-of-pocket.
So, it's important to inform the appropriate person at your workplace if you believe you were injured as a result of your job.
The Chiropractors at Arrowhead Clinics treat the victims who were injured at work. We have been helping the injured with their recovery for over 40 years.
It is our goal to help you receive the treatment you need to make a full recovery as quickly as possible so you can return to work.
When you come to our office, we will also provide you with an attorney referral if you need help filing a Workers' Compensation Claim.
Our Doctors understand how important your recovery is to your health and well-being. We will come up with a specialized treatment plan that is tailored to your specific injury needs.
Once we complete a thorough examination and review your medical history, you will begin treatment with our experienced Chiropractic Doctors.
If you were hurt at work, do not put off treatment.
Our Work Injury Chiropractors can help with your recovery.
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