Did you know that work-related injuries from a slip or fall while working, or are otherwise injured on the job, your medical expenses are covered by Labor and Industries whether or not you must miss work due to the accident? Did you also know that over 3 million people become injured each year while on the job?
There are a myriad of ways an on the job injury (OJI) can occur. For individuals who perform manual labor, the risk seems obvious; when you’re lifting heavy loads all day long, there’s more opportunity to strain something, to slip and fall, or otherwise injure your body. Some folks, though, don’t think about jobs where you sit all day long: like while driving a truck, or sitting at a computer desk all day. Doctors have known for a long time that repetitive motions or postures contribute to imbalances in the body, and these are many times the source of work-related injuries.
If your office chair and computer station are not set up ergonomically, or in a way that reduces stress on the body by allowing you to sit naturally in a neutral position, injuries that may result include carpal tunnel syndrome, elbow strain, tendonitis of the shoulder or elbow, low back pain, hip displacement, and neck pain. Even headaches can be caused by holding positions where your neck is straining, for instance, to see a computer screen. Some of this can be reduced in the ways you sit, but if pain is an issue, your employer should make necessary changes to the work station so that you’re sitting in a more neutral posture. If injury results from these repetitive postures, it is considered an OJI.
If you trip at work – let’s say on an extension cord that’s in a walk way – and strain your neck, or fall and injure your hip, the Department of Labor and Industries should cover the cost of treating the injuries you sustained. While lifting or carrying a heavy load at work, it’s common to strain the low back or the neck while twisting wrong or especially lifting objects above the head. This is why proper lifting techniques is so important in the work environment.
And who is the specialist who is the best trained to correct an on the job sprain or strain injury, especially in the neck or back? If you answered “my chiropractor,” you are correct. Whether your atlas (the top bone in your neck) misaligns while straining your neck to see the computer screen, or goes out after falling onto your hip on that slippery floor, we can correct the problem so that you’re feeling better and back at work in no time. Studies have shown for years now that employees injured on the job are back at work faster, with the least amount of future problems, after treating with a chiropractor as opposed to taking over-the-counter medications or seeing other health care practitioners.
If you or someone you know has sustained an OJI, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’ll evaluate you and help you open a Labor and Industries claim so you can get back on track soon!