On-the-job injuries take many forms:
Low Back Injurieslow back injuries are one of the most common on-the job injuries and can include muscle strain, joint injury or sprain and in many cases involve injury to the intervertebral disks, including disk bulges and disk herniation or disk protrusion. Disk herniation or protrusion may result in pain radiation down the leg "sciatic pain".
Neck InjuryNeck injury is common due to the fact that our shoulder blades are supported almost entirely from our necks, therefore anything we lift with our arms, we are also lifting with our necks. Failure to maintain good posture while lifting results in greatly increased mechanical stress and strain on the neck. This can result in muscle strain, joint sprain and even disk injury including disk herniation or protrusion. Disk herniations in the neck can result in radiation of pain and/or numbness down either arm.
Upper And Lower Extremities:On-the-job injuries may involve sprain or strain injuries to the upper and lower extremities, including: shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees, ankles and feet as well as any of the muscles of the upper and lower extremities. These can include rotator cuff tears, torn knee meniscus, ligament sprains and muscle strains.
Our specialized training at Thompson Chiropractic, including Chiropractic Orthopedics, Chiropractic Sports Physician, Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner and Active Release Techniques® provides us to the tools determine the structure that is injured and the nature of the injury in most cases. We refer without delay to our network of allied health care providers when additional expertise is needed in diagnosing and treating our patients.
Occupational Health:Occupational Health Clinics have become very common in recent years. Workers are often directed to these clinics by their employers. Occupational health programs are designed to improve treatment outcomes. These are identified in the Occupational Health Services executive Summary
Functional status, release to work, return to work, disability, return to a comparable position, wage at return to work and quality of life. Some of these outcomes are beneficial to the worker, some are beneficial to the employer and some are beneficial to both. It is actually beneficial to the worker to return to work earlier than later. Studies have repeatedly shown that the longer a worker is off work, the less likely it is that he or she will every again be employable. It is important for an injured worker to return to duties that do not worsen his or her condition. This is an important function of an occupational health approach to treatment and is employed by occupational health centers. Referral to these centers is attractive to employers due to the fact that they limit time loss.
The downsideThe downside to these centers is that though the Medical Doctors that are the primary providers at the centers have the training to diagnose the injury, to implement the occupational health model, to treat with medication (typically pain medication, muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatories) and refer as needed:
The Best Choice:
Not all injuries are best treated by chiropractic care, Active Release Techniques®, Graston Technique® and therapeutic exercise. If you fracture a bone you need to see an orthopedic surgeon. However with most injuries you can feel confident seeing a good chiropractor as your first contact. If your injuries are like most, they can most effectively aid in your recovery and know when patients need to be referred to other specialists. At Thompson Chiropractic, our goal is your speedy and complete recovery.