According to the National Safety Council’s data, 510 workers are injured each hour, and most of those injuries are sprains, strains, tears, soreness or pain, and cuts or lacerations resulting from overexertion, contact with objects or equipment, or slips, trips, and falls.
If you get injured at work, Berkower Pain & Spine Rehabilitation in Pembroke Pines, Florida can help you deal with your acute or chronic pain. We realize accidents can happen suddenly, especially in manufacturing, construction, or transportation jobs. But we also understand that other workplace injuries can slowly build up over time, such as a repetitive-use injury or carpal tunnel syndrome. Even sitting at a desk and a workstation that isn’t set up ergonomically may lead to pain in your neck, shoulders, or arms.
We specialize in nonsurgical treatments for back, neck, shoulders, arms, hips, knees, and leg pain, as well as from repetitive strain injuries, whiplash, carpal tunnel syndrome, and herniated discs. Whether your injury is being treated under a workers’ compensation claim or through your medical insurance, our goal is to help you feel better so you can get back to work as soon as possible.
What happens first
At your consultation, Dr. David Berkower reviews your medical records and performs a physical examination. He may order X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests to look at structures inside your body, or he may request other, specialized tests, depending on the need. Once he knows the cause of your injury or pain, he’ll develop a comprehensive, personalized plan for you.
How are job-related injuries treated?
Each person is different, so what works for one person may not work for someone else. Generally, we treat work injuries with a combination of medication, physical rehabilitation exercises, and injections.
Medications are prescribed as needed that may help with pain management, muscle tightness, or inflammation.
Physical rehabilitation exercises help strengthen muscles and improve range of motion. For example, if you have a knee injury, you may need to strengthen the muscles that support the knee, mainly the hamstrings (back of the thigh) and quadriceps (front of the thigh).
Injections are considered interventional procedures. They’re done in our office with a local anesthetic, if needed. Some injections, called nerve blocks, may help reduce inflammation or block a pain signal from going to the brain. An example is a greater occipital nerve block to help with headaches.
Depending on your injury, Dr. Berkower may inject pain-relieving medication or steroids directly into muscles, tendons, or joints. For example, if you have a rotator cuff injury, he might inject steroids into the bursa (fluid-filled sac) that cushions it; for sternoclavicular pain, he’d inject into the small joint where the collarbone and sternum (breast bone) meet. The exact location of the injection depends on the injury.
We can also inject these pain-relieving medications into other parts of the body, including:
- Hand and wrist
- Rib cage and chest wall
Unfortunately, work injuries do happen. If you’re severely injured, you may have to go to the emergency room. But if you have a less severe injury like a sprain, sore back, or carpal tunnel syndrome, we can help. It’s essential to make an appointment as soon as possible after the injury occurs because some injuries can get worse if not treated. Schedule your appointment via phone at 954-430-9972 or online with Berkower Pain & Spine Rehabilitation today.