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Work Related Injuries

Work related injuries could limit or end your ability to perform your usual occupation.  Whether thesework related injuries last a few days or the remainder of your life, the affects are far-reaching.  Work related injuries can result in permanent disability.  Often, they result in financial losses: work related injuries can require costly medical treatment and recuperation time may mean lost wages.

Work related injuries are any injuries or illnesses that result in an employee's required job duties. These injuries can happen at any mandatory event and location, or whenever the employee is being paid.  Those who suffer work related injuries should report them as soon as possible to their employer with the correct paperwork.  The injury should be investigated by a physician, as medical evidence for claims of work related injuries allows the victim to qualify for worker's compensation and associated benefits.  While the documentation for work related injuries is usually submitted through the employer, generally a state or federal worker's compensation office decides the work related injuries claims.

The vast majority of work related injuries that Chiropractic can be effective in treating break down into three categories:

1.  Injuries caused while lifting

2.  Injuries caused by a fall

3.  Overuse or repetitive stress injuries

Safe Lifting Makes Sense

1.  Visualize the lift:  The first step in safe lifting is THINKING!!  "Can I lift it by myself?"  "Can I hold it close to my body?"  If the load is manageable, follow the tips below.

2.  Tuck your Pelvis by tightening your stomach muscles, you can "tuck" your pelvis to keep your back's three curves in balance.

3.  Bend your knees instead of your waist.  Let the large muscles in your legs support your back and carry the weight.

4.  "Hug" the Load:  Try to hold the object you are lifting as close to your body as possible, as you gradually straiten your legs to a standing position.  Remeber, the key is to lift with your legs and NOT your back.  Safe lifting is easy to learn, simple to do, and may be one of the most important skills you ever use in daily life.

5.  Avoid twisting while you lift or carry because it increases the load on your spine leading to serious injury.  To avoid twisting, be sure your knees and torso are moving in the same direction when lifting.