What are the Most Common Work-Related Injuries?
While a workplace injury often brings to mind images of a construction worker negotiating dangerous scaffolding, the fact is that workplace injuries can happen anywhere, including the office. Computer wires or open file drawers have their own hidden dangers, making any workplace a potentially hazardous environment.
To give you an idea of the scope of workplace injuries, the most common include:
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Machine entanglement
- Slip-and-fall injuries
- Automobile accidents
- Falling objects
When it comes to risk, the manufacturing sector leads the pack, with an injury rate of approximately four out of every 100 employees. Retail trade and construction come in a close second with just under four out of 100. Wholesale trade clocks in at about 3.5 per 100 and the financial and insurance industries come in at a distant fifth with around one injury per 100 employees.
When Should I See a Doctor for a Work-Related Injury?
When it comes to work-related injuries, it’s important that you seek medical attention any time you’ve had an accident, or you’re experiencing any pain, especially if it’s a workers’ compensation issue.
Of course, outside of workers’ compensation considerations, if you’re experiencing discomfort or pain, you need to get checked out regardless so that you can find relief.
If you’ve been injured on the job and pain persists, it’s a sure sign that the condition isn’t going to resolve itself without expert medical help, which is where the interventional pain management experts come in.
How are Work-Related Injuries Treated?
The answer to this question depends entirely upon the nature of your injury. To get to the bottom of your pain, your doctor conducts an extensive diagnostic exam, gathering your medical history, reviewing your symptoms, and using advanced imaging to find the underlying cause of your pain.
Armed with a more precise diagnosis, your doctor comes up with an appropriate treatment plan to alleviate your pain and get you back to functioning normally again. This plan may include one or more of the following:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Steroid injections
- Epidural injections
- Nerve blocks
- Kyphoplasty for vertebral fractures
- Radiofrequency denervation
- Spinal cord stimulation
- Intrathecal and epidural infusion systems
- Platelet-rich plasma and stem cell therapies
Precision Pain Care and Rehabilitation has two convenient locations in Richmond Hill – Queens and New Hyde Park – Long Island. Call the Queens office at (718) 215-1888, or (516) 419-4480 for the Long Island office, to arrange an appointment with our Interventional Pain Management Specialist, Dr. Jeffrey Chacko.