Types of Work Injuries and How a Chiropractor Helps


Did you know that an estimated 35 incidents of sprains, strains, and tears occur per 10,000 full-time workers in the United States? Out of the top five categories of non-fatal workplace injuries, these are the most common. The data is according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 report. Pain or soreness follows these injuries. Fortunately, studies show that chiropractic care is effective in treating many of these injuries. 


What You Need to Watch Out For


Injuries can happen to you, whether your job requires you to drive a truck, move equipment around, or simply sit at a desk. Some of the most common injuries include:


  • Repetitive Motion. Most people think of work injuries as an accidental event while on the job that happens suddenly. That's true, but severe injuries can also occur due to repetitive motions to complete a task. Like typing on a computer or chopping food all day, these repetitive motions can put undue strain on the body. This can lead to tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, or back pain. 


  • Overexertion. Several work injuries can arise because of overexertion. Some of the most common causes are pushing, lifting, pulling, holding, or carrying heavy objects as part of your job. Overexertion has been associated with many physical problems. These include muscle strains, neck and back injuries, as well as joint, tendon, and connective tissue injuries.


  • Slips, Trips, and Falls. These usually include several types of events. There are slips and trips without falling, falling on the same level, and falling to a lower level. This type also includes jumping to a lower level, which is different from falls, as jumps are voluntary and controlled. Tripping on a wet floor, taking a nasty tumble, or falling down the stairs often results in severe injuries. 


You may also encounter work injuries from having contact with objects and equipment. These include moving objects striking a worker, a worker bumping into or hitting an object or equipment. 


How Chiropractic Medicine Can Be Beneficial


As you know, there are many different stressors and hazards at work, regardless of the nature of your job. Among these are prolonged postural stress, constant bending, heavy lifting, or repetitive fine movements. All of these can cause work injuries. 


No matter what caused your injury, proper treatment is crucial for a complete and successful recovery. If you're looking for a safe, drug-free treatment solution for your persistent pain from your recent injuries, consulting with a chiropractor is an excellent idea. They are trained to diagnose persistent pain and create the best possible treatment plan to strengthen the affected area and restore its function. Many people benefit from spinal manipulations. But chiropractors are also experts in body mechanics. They will likely supplement chiropractic adjustments with other treatment modalities such as massage, heat and cold therapy, exercise therapy, and nutritional counseling, among others. This way, they can provide you with the best care possible to restore balance and optimal health. 


Have you recently suffered from a work injury? Visit Charleston Chiropractic Associates today in Charleston, South Carolina, to schedule your consultation. 

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