Common Workers Compensation Injuries

When you leave your house in the morning, the last place you expect to end up is in the emergency room. But accidents do happen even at work. But how did you end up there? Well, there are several common types of workers compensation injuries that might have landed you in the ER. Let’s talk about some of them!

Most overextension injuries involve pushing, pulling, gripping, lifting, or carrying objects. These injuries are most common in retail and construction industries and can cause injuries like sprains, torn muscles, ligaments, and tendons as well as back injuries. In order to prevent this injury, most work places limit the amount of weight an employee can lift or pull. Many of them also require protective gear like a lifting belt or back brace.

When it comes to workplace falls, there are three different types that could occur in the workplace: slips, falling from heights, or objects falling. Slips can occur from fluid spills, machine lubricants, and debris on the ground. Workers in the construction industry often fall from high equipment, scaffolding, ladders, roofs, and stairwells. Objects can fall from inventory stations, product shelves, forklifts, pallets, and other higher level work areas. These falls can result in head, foot, neck, and face injuries, bone fractures, and sprains or torn ligaments.

Repetitive Motions
Workers who spend a lot of time turning, lifting, or even typing in an office setting can experience injuries. These daily tasks can cause shoulder, neck, arm, and wrist pains as well as vision problems. The most commonly reportedly repetitive motion injury is carpal tunnel syndrome.

How Physical Therapy Can Help
After you have suffered from a workers compensation injury, your company will send you to a doctor or the hospital to ensure you have not sustained serious injury. After the diagnosis, you may or may not need injury and rehabilitation to help you return to normal. At Life Fitness PT, we provide the highest quality of care to workers with our industry based rehabilitation program. We will customize your physical therapy to help prevent re-injuring the area. We offer functional capacity evaluations (FCE’s), work hardening and conditioning programs, and a personalized approach to your worker’s compensation rehabilitation. Our industrial specialists will design a program with our physical therapists to help get you back to work in a timely manner while building up your strength and help you learn how to avoid future injuries.

For more information on how to avoid these common worker’s compensation injuries or to help you get back to work after an injury, contact Life Fitness Physical Therapy today!

Contact Us to Learn More About Our Workers Compensation Programs
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