Work Injury Treatment in Garfield Ridge, Chicago, IL
Every seven seconds, an American employee experiences a work injury. If you hurt yourself while on the job, don’t wait to visit a doctor. The sooner you do, the sooner you can start treatment and return to your normal routine. At Core Rehab, the providers specialize in the treatment of work injuries.
A work injury occurs while on the job. Anyone can experience a work injury, but they’re most common in physically demanding professions like construction and warehousing. If your job requires you to lift heavy objects, use hand tools, or stand on your feet for extended periods, you’re at risk.
Most work injuries occur due to repeating the same motions over and over again, putting stress on your muscles, ligaments, and tendons, increasing the risk of a more serious issue.
Some activities that increase the risk of a work injury include:
- Stressing the same muscles through repetition
- Lifting heavy objects
- Poor posture
- Not exercising enough
- Failing to stretch before work
What should I do if I have been injured at work?
If you experience a work injury, alert your manager right away so they can begin the workers’ compensation process. Then, make an appointment at our clinic. During your initial consultation, your provider conducts an exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your symptoms, including when they started and their severity.
If an exam and questionnaire don’t provide enough insight into your condition, your provider orders diagnostic imaging like X-rays, an MRI, or a CT scan. These tests can pinpoint underlying issues like a herniated disc, bone spur, or arthritis.
How is a work-related injury treated?
Treatment of a work injury depends on the underlying cause and its severity. We typically recommend conservative, minimally invasive treatments, including:
- Massage therapy
- Physical therapy
- Exercise and posture modifications
- Epidural injections
- Nerve blocks
- Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Spinal cord stimulation
- Vertebral axial decompression (VAX-D)
If conservative treatments don’t provide relief, orthopedic surgery may be necessary.
Were you injured at work? Hurt in an auto accident? If so, please contact our office right away to set up a consultation with our medical doctor. Dr. Chunduri and our physical therapy team specialize in these types of injuries and can help you get your treatment underway.