Work-Related Injury

With the amount of time we spend at work, it is not surprising that even with safety precautions, work-related injuries are relatively common.

Injuries from work vary significantly depending on the type of work you do. For some, injuries tend to be related to maintaining positions for long periods such as working from a desk. More physically demanding jobs may result in injuries from lifting heavy objects, slipping or falling.

There is no need for a referral from your primary care physician to receive chiropractic care initially following your accident. Chiropractors can act as the “attending physician” for up to 60 consecutive days or 18 visits after your date of injury.

 We at Karuna maintain close relationships with other providers to help you access a broad range of modalities to speed recovery and to make navigating your Workers’ Compensation claim as seamless as possible. 

Common Work-related Injuries 

  • Postural Injuries
  • Fall-Related Injuries
  • Repetitive Stress Injuries
  • Lifting Injuries

Working long hours seated can cause undue stress on your body as a result of holding a posture for sustained periods with little movement.  

As muscles tire, we default to a posture characterized by a more-rounded spine and head that starts to migrate forward. With this slumped posture, the muscles typically responsible for keeping our bodies upright have to work harder in order to support the spine. The muscles in the neck and shoulders start to help which creates an increase in neck, shoulder, and upper back tension and may even cause headaches.

At Karuna, we work both in the clinic and out to help reduce posture-related symptoms and find ways you can engage in your daily activities in a pain-free manner. 

From slippery or cluttered floors to unstable walking surfaces or misplaced ladders, falls are a hazard found in many work settings. 

Those working in the fields of healthcare support, cleaning and maintenance, transportation and moving materials, and construction occupations are at a higher risk of fall injuries. 

In the case of a fall, we work closely with other health professionals and imaging centers to find our patients the care they need. 

A large number of work-related injuries develop as a cumulative effect of repetitive motions. 

These injuries, also known as overuse injuries or repetitive strain injuries, develop over time and may include carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, rotator cuff syndrome, bursitis, tennis or golfer's elbow or lower back pain.

If you are experiencing pain, numbness, tingling, decreased range of motion, or loss of strength from a work-related task, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Waiting to receive care may prolong treatment or make it difficult to receive Workers' Compensation benefits. 

Lifting heavy objects is one of the leading causes of injury in the workplace. These injuries are most commonly a result of body position and over-exertion when lifting.

Lifting heavy loads, holding items for long periods and body positions such as bending, twisting and reaching all place greater stress on muscles, ligaments and discs. Pain from these injuries are commonly experienced in the back, shoulders, elbows, wrists or knees.

We, at Karuna, can help manage the pain you are experiencing from lifting in the workplace, identify movement patterns, and fine-tune lifting techniques to prevent future injury.  

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