Chiropractic Relief For Injured Workers MN
If you think workers’ compensation issues are unlikely to affect you because your job is not physically demanding, think again. According to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), repetitive strain injuries are the most common and costly of work-related injuries and can affect people whose work habits run the gamut in physical demands. They cost more than $20 billion per year in workers’ compensation and affect hundreds of thousands of Americans.
Any repetitive motions such as typing or using an adding machine as well as more physically demanding motions like winding a wrench can put you at risk for repetitive strain injuries. One of the more commonly known strain injuries is carpal tunnel syndrome. Sitting for hours on end can put you at risk for lower back pain and joint problems.
Sitting at a desk tightens the hip flexors, the muscles that pull your legs towards your body. Tight hip flexors can actually contribute to back pain, since tight hips tilt the pelvis forward, compressing the back. And let’s not forget stress, which can contribute to a wide range of physical challenges, with back pain near the top of the list.
Many of these work-related risks can be prevented or lessened by things you can do on your own. Paying attention to how your body is positioned while you’re doing your job, exercise and getting regular massage can reduce strain. Yoga and Pilates, in particular, are great methods for keeping your abdominal, back and leg muscles strong to ward off many of these risks. Simply taking regular breaks to stretch and walk around are some of the best ways to avoid chronic pain challenges. Ergonomic chairs are a must for office workers but must be complemented with proper posture and “get-up-and-stretch” breaks to be truly effective.
If you do find yourself in a situation where you’re experiencing pain with injuries that compromise your ability to work, you may qualify for care under your company’s workers’ compensations policy. By law, all companies are required to carry insurance that provides reasonable and necessary medical care for on-the-job injuries. What many people don’t realize (and their employer may not tell them) is that chiropractors and chiropractic treatments are covered by your workers’ compensation insurance.
In Minnesota, you can go to a chiropractor without a M.D.’s prescription, (although there are some parameters depending on how much other physical medicine you may have received for your injuries already, including physical therapy.)
In the interest of protecting your long-term health, be proactive. Speak to someone from your human resources department about both your healthcare and workers’ compensation policies and what type of chiropractic care coverage you are entitled to in general and in the case of an on-the-job injury. Don’t wait until the unthinkable happens to protect yourself with the information you’ll need to make prudent choices.
Chiropractic – Effective, Safe and Cost Effective
A recent study conducted by medical and healthcare professionals outside the chiropractic profession, “Health Maintenance Care in Work-Related Low Back Pain and Its Association with Disability Recurrence,” (Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, April 2011, Vol. 53 Is. 4, p: 396-404) concludes chiropractic care to be more effective for common, work-related, low back pain (LBP), when compared to treatment by a physical therapist or physician. Overall, chiropractic patients illustrated lower medical expenses, fewer disability recurrences and shorter initial periods of disability.
Personal Injury Protection
Hurt on the job? Whether it’s a sudden back injury, or cumulative stress to your wrists and shoulders, Minnesota law allows you to seek treatment from a chiropractic physician. Chiropractors are professionals at uncovering underlying issues in personal injury accidents. Whether it is a single adjustment or a series of treatment, your chiropractor is one of the best options to get you healing on the right path to recovering from your injury.
Employees may choose their health care provider for treatment of a work-related injury. The Minnesota workers’ compensation statutes entitle an employee to reasonable and necessary medical treatment or supplies to cure or relieve the effect of the work injury. The employer is required to furnish medical treatment as described in Minnesota Statutes 176.135, subd. 1, which includes psychological, chiropractic, physical therapy, podiatric, surgical, rehabilitation, and hospital treatment.