Chiropractic Care: Natural Treatments for Workplace Injuries
Thousands of workplace injuries take place every year in the U.S., and a third of them involve some type of musculosketelal damage. These injuries may occur from a traumatic event such as a fall, muscular overexertion or collision, but they may also develop over a period of years before manifesting themselves as chronic overuse injuries. Here at Cornerstone Chiropractic we have become a trusted healing resource for employers and employees alike, offering non-surgical, conservative treatment methods to restore the body to its optimal state of efficiency. Our efforts not only relieve pain and other symptoms, but they also help employees return to work more quickly and protect themselves against future injuries.
Work Injury Recovery and Workplace Wellness Care
Some workplace injuries are both dramatic and obvious in their effects. Employees who work at high elevations, such as construction or maintenance workers, may be prone to falls that jar the spinal column violently. This impact can compress or rupture the intervertebral discs, sometimes forcing them out of their normal position and pinching the cervical, thoracic or lumbar nerve roots. Since these nerve roots are responsible for sending signals to multiple areas of the body, including the extremities, workers may suffer from a variety of symptoms such as leg, back or back pain, hand or foot numbness and muscular weakness. Employees who drive service vehicles may get into collisions which can leave them with spinal misalignments and tissue damage, while those who lift heavy objects improperly may suffer back pain from work. Workplace accidents call for immediate chiropractic evaluation to determine whether the workers involved have sustained injuries, especially since some conditions may not show symptoms right away.
Other workplace injuries are more insidious -- rather than manifesting themselves in a traumatic event, these conditions develop slowly over a period of months or even years. Repetitive motion disorders afflict many workers who must adopt the same posture or position for many hours each day, especially if the posture is non-ergonomic or inherently stressful to the musculoskeletal system. Carpal tunnel syndrome, a chronic inflammation of the tissue surrounding the median nerve in the wrist, is one of the best-known of these workplace injuries. Habitual stooping or hunching forward at a desk can cause neck strain and aggravate cervical misalignments, while standing for long periods of time can lead to plantar fasciitis.
Drug-Free Relief from Injuries or Back Pain from Work
Our chiropractors may prescribe several different treatments simultaneously, all working in concert toward short-term and long-term work injury recovery. Adjustment can restore normal spinal alignment, taking pressure off of discs and nerve roots to relieve neck, limb or back symptoms. Massage therapy relives pain in the soft tissues and helps them heal themselves more efficiently, while corrective exercises can help weakened tissues rebuild their strength and range of motion. We can even dispense useful lifestyle advice on proper workplace ergonomic and safety practices to help workers protect their health on the job.