Chronic pain is often the result of some type of dysfunction in the musculoskeletal system. Some of the conditions that fall into this category of disorders include chronic neck pain, low back pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Depending on the severity of the condition, discomfort may be mildly aggravating or may be debilitating, getting in the way of your quality of life. Proper diagnosis and treatment for musculoskeletal conditions is extremely important, especially if that condition could be related to your work environment.
Work Related Injuries Work related injuries are not limited to those in which direct trauma has occurred. Those who sit for long hours performing computer work are just as at risk for injury as those who spend their day lifting and moving objects. In many cases, the direct cause of an injury is nothing more than repetitive movement or posture. Whatever the cause, the result of injury may include numbness or tingling in extremities and chronic pain that limits your ability to concentrate and perform at optimal levels. Back pain is one of the leading causes of missed work in our country. If not properly handled, pain can permeate every area of your life and even cause disability.
Recognized risk factors related to the work environment
A work related injury does not always have to involve trauma. In most cases, the opposite is actually true. Some of the factors that we often see related to chronic pain include:
- Posture in the work station
- Overexertion of the low back in repetitive bending, twisting, and lifting
- Repetitive movements of the fingers and hands (carpal tunnel)
- Overhead lifting, such as putting an object onto a high shelf
- Carrying, lifting, pushing, or pulling heavy objects
Repetitive movement is a major factor in chronic pain. Dr. Brian Sims and the rehab team at Eastside Spine & Injury in Milwaukie, Oregon have the knowledge and skill to address these risk factors and minimize them. In addition to providing gentle chiropractic and physiotherapy treatments, our team discusses with patients ways in which the work environment can be improved to support better functionality.
Concentration and comfort are important to your productivity in the workplace. They are also a vital part of your sense of wellbeing away from the office. If discomfort has become “the norm” for you and your work and health are suffering, we encourage you to contact our practice for care. Many people treated with chiropractic care experience improved comfort within just a few treatments.
Our team is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of work related injuries. Though worker’s compensation does not cover all types of injuries that could potentially be traced back to the work environment, we can discuss the claims process and, most importantly, get you comfortably back into your life.
Call (503) 654-7400 to schedule your examination and consultation at Eastside Spine & Injury in Milwaukie, OR.