Injuries at the workplace are very common. Most injuries that occur on the job are covered by workers’ comp insurance, including accidents and illnesses caused by exposure to work activities, materials, and equipment. Some industries and occupations carry greater risk for on-the-job injuries. Most employers in Houston, Texas carry some form of workers compensation insurance. If you have been hurt on the job, whether it is your fault or someone else’s, it is likely that you are eligible to file a worker compensation claim. This would allow you to be eligible to receive compensation for your medical expenses.

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If you have been injured at your workplace there are certain steps you want to take. First, you should report the injury to your employer as soon as possible. Keep in mind that some injuries and symptoms may worsen within the first 1-2 weeks. Addressing the symptoms as soon as possible may significantly reduce your recovery time. You will also want to find a qualified doctor that has experience in dealing with workplace injuries.

MVMT Chiropractic has extensive experience in dealing with all types of workplace-related injuries that lead to different musculoskeletal complaints. These injuries may be traumatic in nature or related to chronic and repetitive stress.

Some of the most common work-related injuries

  • Overexertion – This includes injuries related to pulling, lifting, pushing, holding, carrying, and throwing, this has consistently been the number one workplace injury.
  • Slip or Trip and Falls – This mostly pertains to falls from wet or slippery floors.
  • Fall to Lower Level – These falls happen when working from elevated areas such as a ladder, rooftops, and stairways, most typically.
  • Bodily Reaction – These are injuries caused when one slips or trips without falling, the most common is injured knees or ankles.
  • Struck by Object – The most usual cases involve objects dropped from a higher level by another person or objects which fall from a higher level such as a shelf.
  • Struck Against an Object – This happens when a person accidentally runs into hard barricades or objects such as walls, doors, cabinets, glass windows, table, chairs etc.
  • Highway Incident – Cases where transportation is used for business purposes and an automobile accident occurs consistently remain on the top list of injuries.
  • Machinery Accidents – This type of injury typically refers to those where large and dangerous machinery is used and the employee gets caught in or compressed by it.
  • Repetitive Motion – This injury is less obvious upfront but is harmful in the long run. The most typical injuries here come from continuous use of a computer from typing, straining muscles and tendons, causing back pain, vision problems, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

These common work-related situations can lead to many different physical and musculoskeletal injuries/complaints that can be treated by the doctors at MVMT Chiropractic. Many of these injuries/complaints may include….

  • Back, neck, knee and shoulder pain
  • Leg and foot pain
  • Arm and hand pain
  • Muscle sprains and strains
  • Joint dislocations or stiffness
  • Pain or injury resulting from a slip or a fall
  • Chronic pain
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Whiplash
  • Dizziness, headaches and blurred vision
  • Tingling, numbness or pain in the limbs
  • Trouble walking
  • Inability to move easily without pain

Treatments for Workers Comp Injuries at our Houston Chiropractic Center

Chiropractic Care: Regular chiropractic adjustments provide effective pain relief for a variety of conditions. They provide patients with a non-surgical alternative to healing pain and injury. Various chiropractic adjustment techniques are used at the practice in order to remove pressure from spinal nerves caused by vertebrae misalignment.

Spinal Decompression: Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy is performed to patients at our Houston clinic using two Accu-SPINA® tables. The spine will be stretched and repositioned in order to relieve the pressure within your spinal discs. The manipulation and stretching of your spinal joints also works to free trapped nerves, reduce pain, restore your body’s range of motion and realign your spinal column.

Dry Needling: Dry needling is a skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.

Soft Tissue/Myofascial Release: Myofascial Release is a safe and effective hands-on technique offered at MVMT Chiropractic that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This essential “time element” has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a gentle pressure applied slowly will allow fascia to elongate.

Acupuncture: During an acupuncture session, our doctors insert sterilized needles just under the skin or deeper in order to reach muscle tissue. These needles stimulate sensory nerves under the skin and the body’s muscles. This stimulation allows the body to produce natural pain-relieving endorphins, which are the substances most responsible for the beneficial effects of acupuncture.

Shockwave Therapy: High energy shockwaves penetrate the patient’s skin and are sent to the tissue without causing any damage. The shockwaves stimulate the affected areas and help enhance the body’s ability to heal itself. Each shockwave treatment works by increasing the metabolic activity in the pain area. It stimulates the reabsorption of irritative calcium deposits in tendons as well as stimulates the body’s natural healing process. In turn, this helps to reduce pain.

Repetitive Motion and Overuse Injuries

Repetitive strain or stress injuries (RSIs) are increasingly common and can be incredibly painful and debilitating. And they don’t only result from keyboarding or clicking a computer mouse all day. People in a wide range of jobs who perform the same physical tasks over and over—from factory workers and home health aides to coders and graphic designers—can develop RSIs including carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, back pain, and more.

Workers’ comp typically covers work-related (RSIs). But a few states have special restrictions on claims for cumulative trauma, or they may require employees to provide stronger evidence that the condition is related to work.

Pre-Existing Conditions

Pre-existing injuries may increase the risk of work-related injuries. For instance, say you hurt your back while lifting a heavy object at work, but x-rays or scans show that you had arthritis or an old injury in the same part of your spine. These previous injuries or changes may have predisposed you to the current injury or complaint. The new injury is probably covered by workers’ comp because it aggravated or “lit up” the pre-existing condition.

Stress-Related Injuries

The medical profession increasingly recognizes the connection between long-term exposure to stress and a wide range of illnesses, both physical and psychological. It is very plausible for emotional stress to be manifested in physical or musculoskeletal complaints.