Work Injury Treatment in Seattle, WA
Workplace injuries are common issues that can lead to employee absenteeism. There were a reported 2.8 cases of work injury per 100 workers in 2019. Medical interventions take longer to treat work injuries and chiropractic treatment is better because it is a quick, time, and money-saving approach.
How can chiropractic treat a work injury?
Chiropractic care for a workplace injury can be used with medical treatment or used solely to bring about relief. In a study, it was shown that there was a reduced disability, cost, and fewer days of absence from work when chiropractic treatment was added. Your work injury chiropractor relieves the pain from musculoskeletal issues that arise from the injury.
An injury is considered a work injury if you get injured on work (due to work or any other cause), or while returning home from the workplace. The most common issues that arise from a work injury are disc slips, muscle pulls and fractures.
A chiropractor realigns the spine and the muscles to relieve pinched nerves in the lumbar/thoracic area, thus improving the blood flow and reducing inflammation.
Lower back pain due to work injury
Research showed that work injury can have devastating consequences on the lumbar spine. Lower back pain (and sciatica i.e. inflammation of the sciatic nerve) was found to be the most common type of work injury. This sciatic nerve pain is associated with leg pain.
Falling is another common workplace type of injury. In severe falls, you might experience a spine subluxation leading to disc herniation. As per a study, even a fall from a height can lead to spinal fractures.
The result of all these events is the development of lower back pain or sciatic nerve leg pain that requires you to visit a back pain chiropractor.
Neck pain due to work injury
In a detailed study, it was concluded that a vast majority of work-related injuries included wrist, hand, finger and shoulder injuries.
In another study, it was found that work injury also leads to the development of headaches because of physical and mental load .
Neck pain is associated with shoulder pain in many injuries. The only resort to effective treatment is a visit to the Seattle neck pain chiropractor.
Other symptoms of work injury
At times it is not the injury itself but the way we work that makes you prone to injury. Working long hours on a computer with a slouched neck and poor posture can increase your risk of acquiring a work injury.
Similarly, repetitive typing on a keyboard may land you in trouble. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a disorder characterized by weakness and numbness of the hand (especially the thumb). Persistent overworking on the computer can be a contributing factor.