According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are nearly 3 million non-fatal work-related injuries and illnesses each year in the United States. The exact nature of personal and on-the-job injuries will depend on the part of the body affected and what caused it. When any resulting aches and pains are more than a temporary inconvenience, both diagnosis and treatment can be more complex and involved. Here's what you need to know if you've been injured:
Thoroughly Assessing Injuries
The first step in treating patients with a personal or workplace injury is to perform a thorough exam. Some injuries, such as those involving some part of the spine, may produce symptoms that develop later after the initial injury. Even when given a clean bill of health, it's still important for patients to look out for symptoms that may appear 24-48 hours or more after first being injured. A typical patient assessment involves:
Putting Together a Personalized Pain Management Plan
For injuries that go beyond cuts and scrapes, it may be necessary to put together a personalized pain management plan. This is often the case with on-the-job injuries involving the joints, bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the musculoskeletal system. Pain management recommendations for injuries may include:
Here are some of the treatments provided for long-term relief of personal and workplace injuries:
Common Personal and Workplace Injuries
Workplace injuries are often sudden, as is the case with a hard fall or slip. Such injuries can produce symptoms that include immediate pain, redness, and swelling. Some on-the-job injuries may develop slowly over time due to the repetitious movements required to carry out tasks like typing or repeatedly bending, stretching, or lifting. The most common workplace injuries include:
Offering Preventative Tips
We can often offer preventative tips to help minimize the risk of further injury when back at work. For instance, wearing protective gear that fits properly reduces the risk of being injury by machinery. Additional preventative measures may include:
Since we frequently treat these types of injuries at our center, we have a solid understanding of what paperwork needs to be completed and what documents need to be filed and prepared. Having access to this type of assistance can make it easier to file claims and get the workers' compensation payments or reimbursements you may be entitled to receive.
Dr. Moheimani has worked on thousands of workplace injury claims and places emphasis on helping his patients find restored health as quickly as possible. Our entire staff understands how the personal and workplace injury compensation system can be challenging. We can work directly with your attorney, insurance company, or workplace to get the matter settled.