Benefits of chiropractic care for workers’ compensation injuries

If you’ve suffered an injury at work, you are familiar with the often long road to recovery, time missed from the job, and medical expenses. In fact, workers in the U.S. endure millions of occupational injuries every year, the most common being falls from heights, repetitive motion injury, falling objects, slips or falls, and vehicular accidents.

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To aid in employee recovery and speed up a return to work, employees can leverage workers’ compensation, which is state government-led system of protection and care programs to assist employees inured at work. Some of these injuries can be very severe or even fatal and to that end, workers’ compensation benefits typically include medical care, temporary disability payments, and compensation for permanent impairment. In the case of death by work-related injury, benefits are paid to the employee’s family.

Did you know that one in three workplace injuries are musculoskeletal? This type of injury affects ligaments, tendons, bones, and muscles and often result from long-term wear and tear or traumatic incident. Most people experiencing these kinds of injuries benefit from specialized chiropractic care which can target specific areas of injury and initiate speedy recovery.

Other chronic workplace injuries include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome resulting from long hours of typing, writing, or similar activity
  • Back or neck strain caused by awkward posture from overuse of mobile devices or poor ergonomics at a desk
  • Pinched nerves that radiate pain and numbness to upper and lower extremities
  • Tendonitis of shoulder, elbow, knee, and other joints from overuse
  • Accidental slip and fall on a slippery floor

Benefits of chiropractic care for workers’ compensation injuries

It is important to remember that if you have been injured at work, you can choose a treating physician, including chiropractic care, and all medical treatments and related services are provided and cost covered by your employer’s insurance processes.

Chiropractic care is a non-invasive treatment method to promote healing and recovery. Chiropractic doctors are specially trained in techniques of manual manipulation of the spine, electrical stimulation or tissue, and massage. This type of care is highly effective in reducing inflammation from injury and helps mitigate severe pain.

Instead of prescribing potentially addictive painkillers or other medicine, chiropractic care leans on therapeutic exercises to speed recovery and healing, and help prevent future injury. In fact, people who see a chiropractor before a traditional physician typically see a roughly 20 percent decrease in claims cost.