Chiropractic Treatment of Work-Related Injuries
The very first time that Dr. Ray Tuck, president of Tuck Chiropractic Clinic, witnessed an adjustment was when his father, a chiropractor too, was treating a copy machine repairman who had thrown his back out while on the job.
To this day, our clinics are committed to offering the highest quality of care possible to our patients who are injured while performing jobs like working with heavy equipment, stocking shelves, and extended sitting while operating commercial vehicles. Repetitive movements, poor posture, improper lifting or carrying, and even stress can contribute to injury.
Chiropractic Care for Occupational Injuries
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) make up about 33 percent of all workplace injuries and account for roughly the same percentage of sick days, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nursing assistants, manual laborers, and freight workers have the highest rates of MSDs.
The extended hours many of us spend sitting at a desk can also contribute to poor health outcomes such as an increased risk of disability and certain types of cancer.
Some of the common workplace injuries that can be safely and effectively treated with noninvasive chiropractic care include:
- Back and neck injuries
- Headaches due to muscle tension, joint dysfunction, or poor posture
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Numbness and tingling of the extremities
Chiropractic Care Beneficial, Cost-Effective
Patients injured at work who pursue chiropractic care often express greater patient satisfaction and spend less than medical patients do, according to a growing body of research.
And according to a 2013 analysis by Dartmouth College, back injuries are the most common workplace injury in the U.S. The researchers found that approximately 42.7 percent of the workers who first saw a surgeon after back injury subsequently had surgery, while only 1.5 percent of those who first sought chiropractic treatment eventually had surgery. The ones who saw chiropractors first also had lower odds of a chronic work disability and higher rates of satisfaction with their quality of care.
A 2016 study of patients between 2000 and 2009 who either utilized only chiropractic care or chiropractic care in conjunction with traditional medical care incurred substantially lower medical bills for their treatment than those who were cared for by a medical doctor with or without physical therapy.
Tuck Chiropractic Treatment of Work-Related Injuries
Preventative Treatment. Our doctors of chiropractic can help patients avoid debilitating pain through preventative treatments like electrical muscle stimulation therapy, which can help strengthen muscles, improve range of motion in the joints, and promote healing throughout the body.
Joint Manipulation. Manipulation therapy, or adjustments, can relieve pressure placed on joints, improve joint movement, and increase muscle strength.
Soft Tissue Therapy. Soft tissue injuries are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. Manually massaging affected areas can treat a wide array of work-related pain such as carpel tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff discomfort, and many other soft tissue injuries.
Rehabilitative Exercises. Our experienced chiropractors can recommend appropriate exercises that can help you return to work and provide lifestyle suggestions that can be beneficial in treating and preventing pain resulting from a workplace injury.
How Can Chiropractic Benefit Injured Workers?
To learn more about how chiropractic care can provide effective and low-cost benefits to those who suffer painful workplace injuries, please contact us today to make an appointment, or pay a visit to any of our clinics in Virginia and North Carolina.I'm In Pain Right Now I Want A Better Lifestyle
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