Almost every day a new article is published highlighting the risks to our health associated with sitting for extended amounts of time. This can be problematic considering that a large number of Americans’ work involves countless hours spent sitting in front of a computer screen. Sitting for extended periods of time may increase pressure on the spinal discs that can lead to pain and discomfort as well as potential secondary impacts on the entire musculoskeletal system. Office workers who spend hours sitting at desks in front of computers risk developing pain and stiffness in the cervical spine and/or in the lumber region of the back.
Most work-related spinal disorders are the leading cause of work-related disability and health insurance claims. Not only is a sedentary work environment more likely to cause cervical and lumber spine conditions, the conditions account for one-third of lost work productivity.
When work-related injuries impair your ability to perform your usual work and recreational activities they impair your quality of life. If you have been injured on the job, make sure you get the expertise and level of care needed to get back to your normal self. Chiropractic care is often the best treatment option for workplace injuries including back and neck injuries. Other work-related injuries which a chiropractor can treat are carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches (caused by muscle tension, joint dysfunction or poor posture), bursitis, tendinitis, rotator cuff tears and extremity numbness and tingling.
Studies show that chiropractic care for work-related cervical and lumber spine conditions not only allows patients to return to work faster than standard medical treatments but also provides substantial savings in overall healthcare costs while reducing the risk of recurrence. Chiropractors have the expertise to effectively treat spinal conditions caused by prolonged sitting as well as other work-related mechanisms of injury. Moreover, part of the chiropractic management plan will focus on establishing a return-to-work plan with the patient and will identify self-management strategies.
One of the simplest things you can do to help safeguard yourself against work-related spinal conditions is to make sure you keep moving during the day. One great strategy is to incorporate exercises into your daily routine.
Chiropractic care can help with work-related injuries. Chiropractors can help with neck and/or back injuries as well. They can also help maintain the progress you have made to reverse your work injury. They can oversee the injury and establish a plan of care. They can also go over work recommendations and restrictions during your injury period. Chiropractic care can also help the injured worker get back to work faster and can help with recovery time and decreased pain.
Chiropractors can offer comprehensive services for workplace injuries. They are experts in rehabilitative therapy for occupational accidents and can create an individualized treatment and recovery plan to help you return to work and your regular activities pain-free. They can also provide you with strategies to help you avoid future injuries. Treatments may include (1) manual therapy (occasional adjustments designed to restore normal movement and position joints), (2) soft tissue rehabilitation (noninvasive therapies designed to return tight or damaged soft tissues throughout the body to regular motion, including massage therapy, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, stretching, and strength and range-of-motion exercises) and (3) home care (personalized programs that are designed to help speed recovery, restore strength and mobility and improve posture).
If you were injured at work make sure your workplace injury is properly assessed and treated. Please don’t hesitate to call a chiropractor and get scheduled for an examination and obtain a treatment plan to assist you in returning back to work.