It’s estimated that one worker suffers a work-related injury every seven seconds, with some experiencing injuries that are serious enough to interfere with their lives. Even the most minor injuries should be reported to your immediate supervisor right away to ensure your interests and overall health are protected.
Our team at Berkower Pain and Spine Rehabilitation treats a number of work-related injuries for our patients living in and around Pembroke Pines, Florida. Some of the most common causes of those injuries include:
- Slips and falls
- Falling objects
- Overexertion injuries
These injuries occur in a variety of industries, especially manual labor jobs in manufacturing, construction, and transportation.
Consequences of work-related injuries
Any kind of injury on the job can be serious. Even a seemingly simple cut left untreated can turn into a life-threatening infection. Complications of common work-related injuries affect workers of all ages and may lead to long-term health concerns. Here are some of the common work-related injuries Dr. Berkower can help you with.
Slips and falls
If you’re injured in a slip and fall, there are both short-term and long-term consequences that can affect your health and your ability to get back to work. Slip and fall injuries can result in minor injuries, like sprains and strains of your muscles or ligaments.
You’re also at increased risk for more serious injuries, such as broken bones, a head injury, or damage to your spine.
Those working around stacks of inventory and fast-moving equipment are at risk for many types of injuries. Damage from objects falling on you can cause serious problems with your musculoskeletal system, such as broken bones, pinched nerves, or compression injuries.
While wearing proper personal protective gear can reduce the severity of your injury, the damage can still affect your ability to work or go about your usual routine.
Common injuries associated with overexertion include muscle sprains, ligament strains, and torn tendons. If you frequently move or lift heavy objects, you may be at risk for developing chronic pain in your low back, legs, and arms.
Overexertion injuries that aren’t properly treated can result in permanent damage to your body. This may limit what you’re able to do on the job and affect your ability to earn a living.
It’s not all manual labor
Other common work-related injuries often have nothing to do with strenuous activities or risky manual labor. One of the most common complaints among those who work mostly at a desk is carpal tunnel syndrome.
This condition causes numbness, tingling, and persistent pain due constant compression on the nerve that runs through your hand and wrist. Many people develop this condition over time by simply using a computer or performing other repetitive office tasks.
Why treatment matters
Regardless of the type of injury you incur on the job, it’s vital you seek proper treatment as soon as possible. With many types of injuries, you may not experience the full effect of damage right away. While a broken bone may cause severe pain immediately, soft injuries may not show themselves until days later.
To prevent a worsening of your condition, you should schedule an evaluation as soon as possible after your injury. The team can thoroughly evaluate your injury and recommend treatment to ensure you’re comfortable and on the road to healing.
Getting medical attention is also an important aspect of a workers’ compensation claim. Our team at Berkower Pain and Spine Rehabilitation is experienced in treating on-the-job injuries and understands related laws and requirements.
Of course, your health is the top priority, and you can rely on the expertise of our physicians to create the right treatment plan for your needs. Many nonsurgical treatment options are available in our office for common work-related injuries to help prevent long-term complications.
Let us help you get back to work as soon as possible. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Berkower today by clicking the “book online” button or by phoning our office.