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Injured at Work?

A work injury in Belmont can happen at any time either due to a one-off event or a build-up over time.

This article will help you understand 5 common work-related injuries and how chiropractic care for a work injury can help.


Work Injury in Belmont due to Repetitive Stress?

Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI) is also sometimes referred to as Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). RSI usually builds up over time causing damage to muscles, tendons, and nerves.

RSI is commonly caused by doing the same movement repeatedly, examples of this include:

– Office workers using a mouse or typing
– Construction workers using tools
– Retail workers scanning items at the checkout
– Factory workers on the assembly line

These are good examples of occupations that could cause RSI.


Symptoms Of RSI

RSI can affect any part of the body but mainly occurs in hands, wrists, forearms, elbows, shoulders, and neck.

Symptoms may include:

– Varying degrees of pain
– Feeling tender in the affected area
– The affected area may become swollen or stiff
– Tingling or numbness

This isn’t an exhaustive list and each person will have their own experience.

If left untreated, over time this could become a life-limiting condition with severe effects on your daily life.


Common Repetitive Stress Injuries

In this section, you can read about some of the most common RSIs and how to spot them.


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) happens when there is pressure on the nerve in your wrist.

Symptoms include:

– You may feel pain in your fingers, hands, or arm
– Your hands may go numb
– There could be a feeling of pins and needles or a tingly sensation
– You may develop difficulty gripping things

CTS is usually treatable although in severe cases surgery may be needed.


Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder is a condition that can seriously limit your mobility. This condition tends to build over time, in some cases, it takes 1-3 years to reach the most serious stage.

The first stage, called the freezing stage, begins when you feel pain in your shoulder followed by a reduction in your mobility. The next stage, the frozen stage, sees your range of mobility vastly reduced as the shoulder stiffens. You then reach what is known as the thawing stage, this sees a gradual improvement in your range of mobility.


Sciatica

The sciatic nerve runs from your hips to your feet. If this nerve becomes irritated, then you may experience severe pain plus reduced mobility.

Common symptoms of Sciatica are:

– Pain in your buttocks, legs, feet, or toes
– Tingling
– Numbness
– Weakness

In many cases, the symptoms may worsen when moving, coughing, or sneezing and there is a chance of pain in the back as well.

These 3 conditions, plus other work-related injuries, can reduce your quality of life. In the first instance, seeing a doctor to get evaluated and using the appropriate painkillers is the first step.

One other option to get help with this type of injury is to visit a chiropractor.


How A Chiropractor Can Help With Repetitive Stress Injuries

Most RSIs can be helped by a chiropractor as they focus on helping you understand posture, exercises, and diet.

After an initial assessment, if appropriate, a chiropractor can begin treatment. This will quite often involve doing a spinal adjustment to help align your spine. Once properly aligned your body can heal as the nerves are no longer under pressure. You may need to have several sessions to feel the benefit.

Apart from physical treatment, the chiropractor can help you build a better understanding of how to protect yourself against future injury. This can include advice on diet, posture, and exercise.

If you suffer from any work injury in Belmont, then it is important to seek help. There is no need to suffer and you should initially visit your doctor for advice.

Chiropractic care for a work injury is also a great way to get relief from the pain plus a plan to protect yourself going forward.  

Contact the Infinity Spine Center for a diagnosis and treatment plan for your repetitive stress injury.