Work Injuries Q & A
Can Work-Related Injuries be Prevented?
The key to preventing work-related injuries is to be mindful of the environment and take any necessary precautions that may be needed. Being in good health and physical condition is important. A person is less likely to fall or receive an injury if they are able to stabilize their body in an emergency. It is important to always have the right equipment for whatever job is being performed. It is also important to know how to correctly perform any tasks that need to be completed. Some of the most common work-related injuries are those that affect the neck and back. A chiropractor or physical therapist can teach a person proper lifting techniques that will help them prevent possible back injuries.
What are the Most Common Work-Related Injuries?
The most common work-related injuries are those to the back and neck, normally caused by improper lifting techniques or abrupt movements in which the body is not stabilized properly. Next to improper lifting techniques, slip and fall injuries are often next on the list of commonly reported causes for back and neck injuries. Carpal tunnel injuries are often commonly reported for clerical workers and individuals who work in a setting where they are constantly using their fingers, hands, and wrists to complete their assigned tasks. While other injuries are often reported, many of them could have been prevented if the worker employed proper lifting techniques or wore the proper safety equipment.
Will Physical Therapy Help Work Related Injuries Heal Faster?
Physical therapy is often used in conjunction with chiropractic care to help hasten the healing process after a work related injury. The exercises used during a physical therapy session help to strengthen the muscles and other soft tissues in the area of the injury. This stimulates blood flow to the area which floods the injury with much-needed oxygen and nutrients. Physical therapy also helps to increase range of motion and maintain flexibility that keeps the joint or injured area from becoming stiff and sore. The therapist will create an exercise program that the patient can use at home to continue to keep the area on track during the healing process.