Injured at work?
Many people are surprised to find out that the majority of work injuries do not occur because of serious accidents. The truth is that many injuries in the workplace are a result from overuse injuries. Each year in the United States millions of dollars are spent to help individuals with these problems. In this article you will learn about how to improve your outcome with chiropractic care.
Some of the most common injuries in the workplace are low back injuries from heavy lifting and/or frequent lifting while bending, however many others are a result of repetitive stress. Small tasks that happen with poor posture can create big problems over time; twisting and turning while moving boxes or even continuous typing in a poor position. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a very common injury that we treat with great success, and often prevent the need for surgery. The most important thing when dealing with a work-related injury is that you don’t leave it until it requires more serious intervention or leads to an untreatable problem.
Proving Back and Neck Injuries With The DynaROM System
Sometimes people experience ongoing pain after a work-related soft tissue injury, but tests such as x-rays and MRI’s show up normal. This can lead to employers to believe that an employee is “faking” their injury to get out of working a particular job. In the past, there was no way to prove that this person may have an injury until now. Often insurance companies would deny payments for injuries, stating that there was no “proof” that an injury exists. With the DynaROM test, they can no longer make this claim. The DynaROM system proves if there is a soft-tissue injury, and documents the results in detailed colorful graphs. It has been accepted and approved by the American Medical Association (AMA), and has been added to the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment. To learn more, see the DynaROM page
Repetitive Stress and Overuse Injuries
As mentioned above, the most common forms of work injury are from repetitive stress and overuse. Even if you are using correct posture, the simple act of doing the same movement day in and day out can create major problems over time. Here are some of the common repetitive stress injuries:
- Low Back Pain
- Disc Herniation
- Neck Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Numbness and Tingling Syndromes
The list goes on. Even if you are just at the beginning of an overuse injury, or you are concerned that you may start to develop one because of the nature of your work, it is important to start preventative and early treatment to ensure the issue does not progress to something more problematic.
Success using Chiropractic Care
Dr. Barrick has a high success rate with helping people with work related injuries. Low back pain, disc injuries, and repetitive stress injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome, are just a few of the more common work-related conditions that we regularly treat. People experiencing work injuries are often referred to chiropractors because of the high success rate with treating these types of injuries, and the sooner you receive proper care after a work injury, the easier it is to make a quick recovery. Chiropractic care offers a comprehensive, non-invasive first step when seeking treatment. Dr. Barrick will perform a thorough evaluation in order to assess your condition and find the cause of the injury. Once the cause of the pain has been determined, Dr. Barrick will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan to get you out of pain and return you to work and good health as quickly as possible. Moreover, certain injuries can be proven with the DynaROM system if challenged.
If you are dealing with a work injury, we are here to help. Pain is not something you have to live with. Call us today at Barrick Family Chiropractic today and get started back on the track to recovery.