Dr. Jon Conner Cuevas DC and team at ballard seattle chiropractic center

Work Injury Specialist

Every year, millions of people get hurt at work. Some injuries are so severe that employees must stay home from work for days, weeks, or even months. Here at Ballard Seattle Chiropractic Center, we are aware that time off work is not an option for some patients who have been injured.

The good news is that you are not responsible for work-related injuries; through workers’ compensation, you may receive company insurance-covered treatments for a work injury so that you do not have to pay your medical expenses if you get hurt at work. Don’t wait to get medical attention for your workplace injury; starting treatment now can prevent your injuries from getting worse and becoming harder to treat entirely or quickly.

How Can Chiropractic Treat A Work Injury?

Chiropractic care can work with medical treatment for pain relief from musculoskeletal issues arising from a work injury. According to NCBI study, chiropractic treatment showed reduced disability, cost, and fewer days of absence from work.

When you visit a chiropractor, they will first diagnose your problem and determine the underlying source of your discomfort. They will then choose a strategy that is appropriate for your unique needs. Chiropractors utilize a variety of treatment modalities, including spinal manipulation, decompression therapy, physical treatment, and more. All of these methods are used to help:

Reduce Pain The first and most important benefit of chiropractic treatment is that it will assist to ease the pain caused by your work-related accident. Chiropractors use specific methods to realign the body’s alignment to provide immediate relief, enhance functionality, and help the body heal itself. While many individuals connect chiropractors with back discomfort, they may also help relieve pain from injuries in the neck, joints, hips, head, and various other locations throughout the body. Visiting a chiropractor is almost always helpful for any type of workplace injury.

Improve Range Of Motion Stiffness and a loss of range of motion are common symptoms following neck or back injuries. Spinal manipulation, adjustments, trigger point therapy, electrical stimulation, and cold laser therapy are all used to increase mobility and restore a normal range of motion.

Reduce Inflammation When the body experiences an injury, the natural response is typically inflammation. This can be shown through pain, swelling, and occasionally immobility in more extreme cases. Chiropractic adjustments have been proven to lower levels of inflammation in joints as your body will begin producing higher levels of anti-inflammatory agents which aid in healing.

Minimize Scar Tissue There are several benefits to scar tissue, one being that it can be broken down easily. chiropractors have many methods of breaking up scar tissue, some including instrument adjustment and trigger point therapy.

Relieve Stress Job-related injuries often lead to stress, which can be just as harmful to the body as the injury itself. If left unchecked, over time this stress lowers immunity and makes us more susceptible to contracting diseases. In addition, muscle tension from chronic stress causes additional pain in the body. Chiropractic adjustments help release muscle tension and immediately relax the body while also increasing blood circulation. This type of care is not only beneficial for physical health but mental well-being too.

Massage Therapy Work Injury Recovery

Massage therapy is yet another work-related injury treatment that we provide at our chiropractic practice, which is used to alleviate pain throughout the body and certain regions affected by your workplace accident. Like chiropractic therapy, massage therapy is capable of reducing nervous and muscular tension, increasing range of motion and circulation, decreasing inflammation, and aiding your body’s relaxation for it to recover more quickly.

Acupuncture Work Injury Treatments

Acupuncture has been shown to be an effective pain alleviation treatment for back, neck, and extremity pains caused by a variety of ailments, including repetitive strain injuries and work-related accidents. We may target specific sources of your body’s discomfort with acupuncture and treat problems right at their source to help you recover faster from work injuries.

Preventing Work-Related Injuries

Following the recommendations listed below, you can prevent future work injuries by strengthening your muscles and conditioning your body for repeated stresses.

Lifting heavy things with your back is dangerous and ineffective. When you left with your back, you were applying a significant amount of force to your lower back, which is never good for your spine and will always put a strain on it. Always lift using your legs rather than your back when lifting heavy objects to avoid work-related injuries caused by excessive exertion.

If you have a desk job that has you sitting in the same position for hours every day, be sure to take breaks and walk around. Additionally, make sure your office chair provides proper lumbar support so that your back isn’t strained from constantly having to sit up straight.

To learn more about using chiropractic care to help you recover from your work injuries today, contact our clinic by calling (206) 783-6000.

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