If you become injured at work, it is crucial to know that as the employee, you have the sole right to choose your treating physician(s). In workers’ compensation cases, all necessary medical treatments and hospitalization stays or services are provided by either the employer’s insurance carrier or the employer.
Work-related injuries and chiropractic treatment
On average, one in three workplace injuries involves musculoskeletal injuries, which affect ligaments, muscles, tendons and even bones. These injuries can occur due to trauma or wear and tear from daily routines. Many people who experience these types of workplace injuries are potentially suitable candidates for chiropractic care.
Benefits of chiropractic care for workers’ compensation injuries
Chiropractic care is a non-invasive form of treatment that helps promote healing.
Doctors of Chiropractic are trained to perform a variety of different techniques including manual manipulation of the spine (i.e., adjustments) as well as massage and electrical stimulation of tissue. Chiropractic care helps reduce tissue inflammation and muscle spasms caused by injury, and it also helps reduce pain caused by many workplace injuries.
Chiropractic Treatment Options
Chiropractic care is an attractive alternative to the use of narcotic painkillers, which can lead to dependency and abuse. Doctors of chiropractic can suggest therapeutic exercises that may speed the healing process in some cases and also prevent future workplace injuries such as overexertion, by teaching proper lifting techniques.
When Should you seek Treatment?
It is important to be consulted and examined for your Injury as soon as possible. Pain usually does not show up until 24 to 72 hours after an accident or injury. According to Wound Healing: Alternatives in Management, “Research shows that permanent scar tissue forms within two weeks of an injury. Earlier chiropractic treatment is important to reduce pain, improve range of motion, limit muscle weakness and restore back to work ability.