Have you been recently injured in the workplace? Perhaps your back hurts from too much sitting or heavy lifting? You’re not alone. Every seven seconds, an employee is injured at work.
Pain and soreness, muscle strains, sprains, tears, and cuts are all common. Repetitive motions along with lifting or lowering heavy objects account for 34 percent of all work-related injuries. Slips, falls, and trips account for another 25 percent. Some people, especially those working in the contraction, repair, and manufacturing industries, are at a higher risk of injury due to the nature of their job.
Let’s take a closer look at the five most common work-related injuries so you can recognize their symptoms and seek treatment before it’s too late:
If you spend long hours sitting or handle heavy objects, your back might hurt more than usual. In fact, this is a leading cause of disability.
Prolonged sitting, repetitive movements, heavy lifting, and other factors can trigger back pain. Without adequate treatment, the pain may become chronic and more severe. It can limit your flexibility and range of motion, interfere with your sleep, and affect your work performance.
Don’t suffer in silence! The medical professionals at Unique Pain Medicine can assess your symptoms and recommend the best course of action for back pain. Depending on the root cause of your problem, we may prescribe spinal cord stimulation, stem cell therapy, PRP injections, or other non-invasive treatments.
Slips, Trips, and Falls
Slips, trips, and falls are responsible for more than one-third of work-related injuries and 15 percent of accidental deaths. Even if you have an office job, you may still experience this kind of injury. It’s enough to slip on a wet floor or trip over a cable.
Falls from elevated platforms and ladders pose the greatest danger. They may cause permanent damage to the spine, broken bones, sprains, and even death.
Repetitive Strain Injuries
A repetitive strain injury (RSL) will cause pain in the nerves, tendons, and muscles. As its name suggests, this condition is due to repetitive movements, such as frequent lifting, typing, and carrying objects from one place to another. It develops gradually and can limit your mobility.
Muscle cramps, tingling or numbness in the limbs, neck and back stiffness, pain, and tenderness are all common symptoms.
For example, if you’re typing a lot, your wrist and fingers may begin to hurt. Over time, the pain may worsen, affecting your productivity and quality of life. You may find it difficult to do simple things, such as picking objects from the floor, moving your wrist, or holding a cup of coffee in your hand.
Sprains and Strains
Muscle sprains and strains are due to overexertion and affect over 400,000 workers each year in the U.S. alone. These injuries often occur in the neck and back and tend to be more frequent among those whose jobs require heavy lifting.
Cuts and Lacerations
Paper trimmers, power saws, and other tools can easily lead to painful cuts. These types of injuries are not always preventable. The pain can be debilitating.
At Unique Pain Medicine, we specialize in treating work-related injuries and other painful conditions. Our team can help you file your worker’s compensation claims and receive the treatment you need without paying from your own pocket.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment and discuss your treatment options! We are here to help you.