Accidents and injuries can occur anytime, anywhere, even when you are at work. In fact, more than 3 million U.S. adults are injured at work every year. Many people think of workplace injuries as being the result of a traumatic accident, but just as many are caused by repetitive movements or by prolonged poor posture. Fortunately, chiropractic care can help to resolve the pain and other symptoms caused by work injuries.
As chiropractors, some of the most common workplace injuries that we see include the following:
These Injuries are more common in people who perform physical labor as part of their job, for example, if they are working in construction, gardening, or manufacturing. Meanwhile, back pain can be experienced by people in fairly sedentary roles too, such as office jobs. In these instances, pain is normally caused by poor posture, a desk set-up that isn’t ergonomic and suited to your personal requirements, or overexertion/repetitive movements.
Whether your job involves lots of small, repetitive movements, such as typing or writing, or larger ones, like painting or digging, you could suffer from a repetitive strain injury. This is where repeated and prolonged movements cause inflammation and stress to the soft tissues, resulting in pain, stiffness, and other problems. Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most well-known repetitive strain injury, caused when repeated movements put pressure on the median nerve that runs from your forearm into your wrist.
Sciatica is a very common problem that is characterized by pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which extends from the lower back through the hips and buttocks and down each leg. In most instances, sciatica only affects one side of the body and is usually caused by irritation, inflammation, or compression of the nerve. This can occur as a result of a work injury or poor posture.
They may not seem like the most obvious work injury, but headaches are a common effect of workplace injuries, particularly those that involve the head, neck, and shoulders. Spinal misalignment can also result in persistent and debilitating headaches that can be resolved using chiropractic techniques.
Chiropractic care looks at whole-body wellness but primarily achieves this by focusing on spinal alignment. The spine houses the spinal cord, which is a key element of our central nervous system – the system that controls all of our body functions. To heal quickly and efficiently after an injury, our central nervous system needs to be working optimally so that it sends oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the area to reduce inflammation and enable the cells to repair themselves. When the spine is misaligned, the central nervous system doesn’t work as effectively, making it harder to recover from workplace injuries. There are various chiropractic techniques that can be used to bring the spine into alignment and to help you heal from work injuries and your chiropractor will explain which they will use and why. Most chiropractic treatment takes place over a number of sessions, which will be decided based on your personal treatment plan.
There are many benefits to choosing chiropractic treatment for your workplace injury. Chiropractic care:
Targets the underlying injury, rather than just the symptoms
Can help you to recover more quickly
Is completely natural and can be used in addition to or instead of pain medications
It will help you to regain mobility and flexibility
Can reduce the risk of future injury
Learn about chiropractic treatment for work injuries, contact Whiplash Pain Center in Summerville, SC at (843) 287-9050 or Charleston, SC at (843) 972-7246.