Treating Work Related Repeated Stress Injuries
One of the most common causes of workers’ compensation injuries is repetitive stress to the muscles or bones. Many jobs require employees to complete the same tasks or actions over and over again, in return leading to a repetitive use injury such as tendonitis, bursitis, carpal tunnel, joint pain, or back pain. Here is a look at how orthopaedic doctors can treat repetitive work-related use injuries.
At-Home Treatment and Care
When you visit an orthopaedic doctor for treatment of a workers’ compensation injury, the home treatment is recommended the first. If implemented properly, this treatment can often effectively relieve symptoms like back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, hip pain, leg pain, joint pain, and sciatic pain. It also provides effective pain management for conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, tendonitis, carpal tunnel, and bursitis. These practices will mostly involve resting the injured area, applying heat and ice, taking pain medication, and elevating the injured area until symptoms improve.
If home treatment proves to be ineffective or the symptoms prolong, doctor will recommend orthopaedic treatment. The doctor may also recommend this treatment in combination with treatment at home. Common forms of orthopaedic treatment include physical therapy, exercise, massage therapy, acupuncture, spinal adjustments, or spinal decompression therapy for sciatica, sciatic nerve pain, and herniated discs. Continuing the treatments with proper exercises at home, implementing them with proper techniques and following up your doctor may help in permanent cure of injury. But do not forget to ask for basics of Pin Management from your doctor.
Pain Management and Medication
Home medication when implemented with improper techniques can even worsen the pain. It’s always better to clearly ask about your doubts and go on with exercises focusing the betterment of pain points. In order to prevent a recurrence of symptoms, your doctor will also develop a pain management plan for you. This plan involves all the measures from sitting postures to lifting postures and is meant to reduce your risk of future workers’ compensation injuries and repetitive stress injury symptoms. Your pain management plan may also include pain medication to be administered by your doctor, or at home. This medication may also include injecting of platelets rich Plasma injections, steroid injections, prolotherapy injections, or prescription oral or topical pain medications.