Workplace injuries are much more common than many people think. While some types of work such as construction jobs, law enforcement or firefighting, or physically demanding jobs such as furniture moving are obviously more prone to creating hazardous working conditions, accidents and injuries can also occur in seemingly benign activities. A traveling sales representative may become injured in a vehicle accident, or an employee might slip and fall on wet pavement when asked to perform a task outside their place of employment.
On average, every work injury causes an employee to miss 21 days of work. This means employees may lose their wages while also incurring medical expenses, along with experiencing the pain and suffering that comes with an injury.
The Most Common Types of Workplace Injuries
According to the National Safety Council, the three most common types of injuries that require an employee to excuse themselves from work are:
- Slips, trips, and falls.
- Injury from an object or equipment.
Overexertion injuries include repetitive stress from jobs such as painting or drywall application, or lifting and bending while moving heavy objects such as garbage collection or assisting patients in a nursing home. Machinery operators may become injured by faulty equipment or collapsing structures, and many people slip and fall from a faulty handrail, a wet floor in a work area, or faulty equipment such as a ladder.
On-the-Job Spinal Injuries
Spinal injuries are some of the more serious injuries an employee may experience if they become injured while on the job. Fortunately, treatment of spinal injuries has come a long way in recent years and many effective conservative treatments are now available that don’t necessarily require surgical intervention.
At Southeast Pain & Spine Care, we conduct a thorough examination of each of our patients in order to gain a full understanding of their injuries. We are able to offer a wide range of conservative non-surgical treatments that cover the following four areas:
- Interventional techniques.
- Medication management.
We work with each individual patient to determine their best course of treatment. As part of their treatment plan we may employ a variety of methods to treat their pain, including minimally-invasive procedures such as nerve blocks, botox injections, platelet rich plasma therapies (PRP), spinal cord stimulators, and more. We also offer treatments for other areas of the body including the hips, knees, feet, and groin area. Our comprehensive approach to healthcare means we listen to each patient, develop the optimal plan for their specific injuries, and evaluate their progress every step of the way.
Workers’ Compensation Injuries
We encourage anyone who has been injured on the job to seek prompt medical attention. It’s not uncommon for these types of injuries to be complex and require expert medical care to prevent even further injury. Our professional staff understands that workers’ comp injury cases are often complicated due to the nature of compensation insurance, as well as the involvement of several interested parties. We are committed to providing our patients with the highest level of medical care available.
If you’ve recently been injured on the job and want to know more about our treatment options, please contact us.