Chiropractic Treatment St Paul MN | Work Injuries
Did you know that Neck and Back Injuries account for 90% of most of the injuries occurring at work? Who better to see for these specific types of injuries than a Chiropractor?
Work injuries can be devastating, emotionally, physically and financially. The goal is to get the injured worker back to work because everyone gains when an injured worker is safely back on the job.
The primary goal is to get patients back into the workforce, however, never before they are actually physically prepared. It is important to receive proper care following a work injury, not only to stop the pain, but to rehabilitate the affected area. Without proper healing, it’s more likely that a work injury could later reoccur. We’re here to offer the counsel and treatment you need to get you back to wellness.
Research studies sponsored by over a dozen state governments have proven time and time again that chiropractic is over twice as effective at getting injured workers back to work with half the disability and at half the cost. If you are the employer, it would only make sense that you should require all injured workers to be seen by a chiropractor first.
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.
In many cases, your chiropractic care may be free of charge to you. If you are injured while working, you must first appropriately report to your employer. This action must be taken as soon as possible after the injury. The staff will fill out all the claim forms, and process your claim. If you need time off work, we can communicate with your employer, so they know your intention is to return to work as soon as you can safely do your job.
Back pain and repetitive motion injuries are the biggest cause of pain problems and work absenteeism and the largest expense for companies in the workers compensation arena. Repetitive motion injuries include the well-known carpal tunnel syndrome, epicondylitis (elbow tendonitis), and shoulder and neck problems. Any motion that is repeated over and over again can cause injury or pain.
If you are experiencing pain from sitting at a desk, repeating the same movements at work, or back injury from lifting or other motions, Chiropractic treatments can help. Back injuries are an on-going risk in many work environments, especially those that include lifting and/or twisting or other repetitive motions that involve the back or back strain.
Other injuries that are common include: knee, hip and joint injuries, rotator cuff injuries, and a variety of back and neck sprain/strains. Due to the physical nature of their jobs and the weight of the uniforms and utility belts, many Police Officers and Firefighters suffer from back and neck sprains/strains and sciatica.
The goal with all work-related injuries treated at a Chiropractor’s Office is efficient and effective treatments that alleviate pain and restore the patient to comfortable and pain-free functioning.
Personal Injury Protection
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. 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.
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, acupuncture, podiatric, surgical and hospital treatment.