Chiropractors can be a good option for people who have been hurt at work, but it depends on the nature and severity of the injury.
Chiropractors are healthcare professionals who focus on the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, particularly those affecting the spine. They use manual manipulation techniques to restore proper alignment and function of the spine and other joints in the body. Chiropractic care can help relieve pain, improve range of motion, and promote healing.
Different types of Injuries
Whether you have had an accident at work, or are injured from repetitive stress, it is very common for the bone structure and particularly the spinal column to be impacted, and to be the source of the pain you are experiencing. When the vertebrae and other joints become misaligned they will often put pressure on the nerves that pass through them and cause pain that radiates out from the source of the injury to other parts of the body.
Also, when the bones are not properly aligned, the flow of communication, blood, and oxygen can become impeded, leading to a decrease in your sense of well-being in the short-term, and damage to the related systems in the long term.
Repetitive Stress Injuries
Some injuries at work are from repetitive stress injuries caused by repetitive movements, overuse, or sustained awkward positions. These injuries can occur in various parts of the body and affect people in various occupations. Some common types of RSIs that people often get at work include:
Carpal tunnel syndrome - This condition affects the hand and wrist, causing pain, numbness, and tingling in the fingers. It is caused by pressure on the median nerve in the wrist and is often associated with repetitive motions such as typing or using a mouse.
Tendinitis - Tendinitis is an inflammation of a tendon, which connects muscle to bone. It can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness in the affected area. It is often caused by repetitive motions such as lifting, typing, or using a tool.
Tennis elbow - Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a condition that affects the elbow and forearm. It is caused by overuse of the muscles and tendons in the forearm, which can cause pain, weakness, and difficulty gripping objects.
Trigger finger - Trigger finger is a condition that affects the fingers, causing them to lock or catch when they are bent. It is caused by inflammation in the tendons that control finger movement and is often associated with repetitive gripping or grasping motions.
De Quervain's tenosynovitis - De Quervain's tenosynovitis is a condition that affects the wrist and thumb, causing pain and swelling in the area. It is caused by inflammation in the tendons that control thumb movement and is often associated with repetitive thumb movements such as texting or gaming.
These are just a few examples of the types of RSIs that people can develop at work. Other conditions, such as bursitis, rotator cuff injuries, and plantar fasciitis, can also be caused by repetitive motions or sustained positions.
Start Recovering From Your Work Injury
People experiencing work injuries are often referred to chiropractors because of the high success rate with treating these types of injuries. Chiropractic care offers a gentle, non-invasive first step when seeking treatment. A chiropractor will perform a thorough evaluation in order to assess your condition and find the exact source. Once the cause of the pain has been determined, the chiropractor will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan.
If you have been injured at work and are experiencing musculoskeletal pain, a chiropractor may be able to help. Chiropractors can be a valuable part of a comprehensive treatment plan for work-related injuries. Give us a call today to get started.