Getting injured in the workplace is a much more common occurrence than most people realize. Millions of workers of all ages and trades get hurt every year. Workplace injuries are more prevalent in high-risk jobs, but they are not unheard of in even the mildest of workplaces.
Workplace injuries are as varied as the places in which they occur. The most common workplace injuries are:
- Repetitive strain injury
- Muscle strains
- Ligament and tendon sprains
- Cuts and lacerations
- Crushing injury
Spinal injury is a particularly worrisome and often seen workplace injury. The most immediate sign of a spinal injury is pain. Some spinal injuries also cause sudden inflammation, loss of muscle control and sensation. If the you have sustained a spinal injury and recognize symptoms of pain and loss of sensation, you must seek immediate medical attention.
Depending on the exact type of injury and level of severity, various treatments can be administered. However, regardless of the type of injury, there are basic first aid measures that must be enacted as soon as is possible.
- The patient’s breathing and circulation must be prioritized
- Immobilizing the injured area can significantly improve recovery
After hospital care has been administered, your doctor may suggest several options for ongoing treatment and physical therapy to actively foster the healing and rehabilitation process.
Important Note: Tell your doctor if you have sustained a work-related injury to receive the necessary documentation and guidance for your insurance claim.