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Work Injuries & Worker’s Compensation

If you are injured at work, you should be seen quickly.  No matter where you are employed, accidents and injuries can happen. A simple slip or fall can lead to fractures, broken bones, sprains and other serious injuries that can prevent you from going back to work. Whether you’re looking for a treatment or need a second opinion because you are considering litigation, West Valley Urgent Care can help you determine the extent of your injury.

Types of Injuries

The are seven types of workplace injuries*:

  1. Slips & falls while on ground level
  2. Falls from high places or ladders
  3. Getting caught in machinery
  4. Impacts and getting struck by objects
  5. Traffic accidents (common among truck and delivery drivers)
  6. Knee and ankle injuries (especially among workers who have to lift heavy objects/weights or regularly crouch and stand) 
  7. Repetitive injuries of the neck, shoulders and back

Certain jobs such as construction and trucking lead the list for the number of workplace injuries reported each year.

*According to the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries

Repetitive Stress Injuries

Any job that requires a single movement to be repeated over and over can lead to injuries, as the body wears down from the repetition. People who site at the computer for long periods of time, can result in carpal tunnel syndrome and other injuries of the elbow, shoulder and wrists.

Diagnosing Injuries

Because workplace injuries can be so varied, it’s difficult to say what kind of tests you will need to evaluate yours. Major injuries might be easier to diagnose and treat because a doctor can quickly determine what’s wrong and can start dealing with it.

For minor injuries or those that are not obvious at first view, your doctor might order a series of tests, starting with x-rays. You might also need to see a physical therapist or another specialist to determine the wear and tear of the area and see what can be done to repair the problem. A number of musculoskeletal disorders, such as those created by heavy lifting, often lead to pain but don’t show up easily in x-rays . In that case, your doctor might need to do a manual evaluation, looking into range of motion, strength and response to pain to determine the type of injury.

The treatment of injuries depends on how you got hurt and how extensive the injury is. Physical therapy is a common recommendation, and you might need to take time off work to allow the body to heal and the inflammation to subside. In the case of repetitive stress injuries, you might need to wear a protective device, such as a waist or wrist support to prevent the injury from reoccurring after treatment.

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