Chiropractic Care for Preventing Work Injury
If you have suffered a work injury, you are not alone. Every 7 seconds, one worker in the United States suffers a workplace injury, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). While that statistic is staggering, the fact that each of these injuries is preventable is even more astounding.
Most of us know that physical therapy is used after an injury to help us heal properly and quicker than on our own. However, very few of us consider that chiropractic care can also be used as a preventive measure, even if you’re not injured.
OCCUPATIONS WITH HIGHER RISK OF WORKPLACE INJURY
Certain occupations have greater numbers of workplace injuries than do others. Police and firefighters, transportation and shipping workers, those in manufacturing and production, construction workers, and those working in installation, maintenance and repair have a high risk of work injuries.
The most common on-the-job injuries include sprains, strains or tears, pain or soreness, and cuts. The NSC notes that overexertion, especially from lifting and repetitive motions, accounts for more than one-third of all injuries. Overexertion causes musculoskeletal injuries, such as strains and sprains, which can prevent you from working, taking care of your family, and participating in your favorite activities.
HOW VISITING A CHIROPRACTOR CAN REDUCE OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES
So, the question becomes: how can visiting a chiropractor help to prevent workplace injury? Some types of work injuries are unavoidable, but many other workplace injuries are preventable when you are physically and mentally fit. An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure when it comes to on-the-job injuries.
Doctors and health officials are taking action to reduce occupational injuries and the costly burden of lost wages and lower productivity they cause. Safety measures enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have helped reduce accidents in the workplace, for example.
Regular chiropractic care, as determined by a chiropractor, can:
- maintain flexibility and strength
- enhance coordination
- ease first signs of pain
- properly maintain the nervous system
Chiropractic visits help to alleviate tension and increase muscle function so that you feel better physically. When you feel physically better, and have increased flexibility and stability, you may be less likely to get hurt on the job. If you have a job which leaves you more susceptible to injury, you may want to consult a chiropractor about preventive treatment today.
HOW WORK INJURIES ARE TREATED BY A CHIROPRACTOR
Visiting a chiropractor can help you overcome work-related injuries, and it can even help you prevent occupational injuries from happening in the first place.
A work injury therapist has special expertise in guiding therapy to treat or prevent specific injuries associated with the workplace.
Chiropractic therapy can also improve your flexibility and mobility and help improve your posture and body positions. Strengthening core muscles can prevent the slips, falls, and awkward moves that cause low back pain and other types of one-the-job injuries.
Therapists typically personalize treatment for a work injury according to the specific injury you have already suffered or to the type of injury that you are likely to experience.
THE MOST COMMON TYPES OF WORKPLACE INJURIES
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), such as sprains and strains caused by overexertion while lifting, accounted for 31 percent of all work-related injuries in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). MSDs were the most common among laborers, stock and material movers, nursing assistants, and truck drivers.
Affecting about 80 percent of people at some time in their lives, low back pain is a common musculoskeletal disorder. In fact, low back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability and it is a leading contributor to missed days at work.
More than half of regular opioid users report having low back pain, even though research shows that opioids do not work very well for treating it. Because chiropractic care is a natural treatment option, we aim to treat the root cause of your injury. This means, we want to help your body find balance and improve performance through natural means, without opioid use.
HOW CAN I PREVENT WORK INJURIES?
Following all health and safety regulations and recommendations set forth by OSHA and by your workplace can help reduce your risk of injury at work. Consult with your supervisor about any health or safety concerns you may have.
You can also consult with a chiropractor, who can teach you techniques to prevent workplace injuries at your particular job. Consulting with a chiropractor early in your career can help you avoid poor posture and other unhealthy body positions that can increase your risk of injury; regular consultations can help ensure that you are using the best body mechanics and ergonomics possible to avoid injury; consultations later in your career can help you detect and address any older injuries that may cause problems later in life.
GIVE YOUR BODY THE CARE IT DESERVES
Seeing a chiropractor as a preventive measure is an entirely personal decision. We highly suggest that you weigh the pros and cons of doing so, based upon your career, health insurance and chiropractic consultation. It is worth knowing that nearly every state will allow you to visit a chiropractor without a referral from your doctor or approval from your insurance company.
To find out if we can help you, just give our office a call. Our front desk will advise you of your co-pay and how many visits you can come in for without a referral. Call (330) 903-0498 or contact us online.