Your primary care could be your first choice after suffering a workplace accident, but they might not be aware of it. A workers’ compensation doctor has expertise in identifying the underlying factors that lead to workplace accidents, including those that aren’t immediately apparent.
A great number of occupational accidents occur each year and many types of injuries occur. But actual injuries are only one of the problems faced by injured workers. For example, even though doctors have fixed the fracture, the person may still be in pain and have limited movement. A worker’s compensation doctor creates a comprehensive medical plan to address the actual injury and its side effects. There are several specialists who specialize in specific types of injuries.
Acupuncture is a type of alternative treatment that focuses on pain relief and stress management. A certified practitioner inserts fine needles into specific areas of the body to help balance the body’s natural flow of energy. Neck and back pain are common reasons to see an acupuncturist.
Chiropractors use a variety of techniques to manipulate joints. These methods realign the body to reduce or relieve pain and maintain proper alignment to prevent further pain. Chiropractors can treat work-related injuries in most areas of the body.
Neurologists treat a variety of problems with the spine, brain, and nervous system. See a neurologist after a work-related injury if you notice any of the following possible side effects :
- Weak muscles
- Tingling or numbness
- Seizures, tremors, or movement disorders
- Sudden loss of vision
- Confusion or amnesia
- Fatigue or insomnia
Fractures and rotator cuff injuries are common consequences of work-related injuries. Orthopedic surgeons focus on musculoskeletal injuries such as joint and bone injuries. Orthopedic surgeons also treat connective tissue, muscles, and ligaments.
PAIN MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST
Pain management includes all types of pain, including acute and chronic pain. Pain therapists treat pain in a variety of ways, including medications and injections. Depending on the cause and severity of the pain, an overall pain management strategy may involve other types of physicians such as chiropractors, acupuncturists, psychologists, and physical therapists. Accidents can cause immediate and long-term distress.
Physiatrists focus on diagnosing traumatic muscle injuries from accidents and creating rehabilitation treatment plans. His goal is to help the patient be pain-free and able to function normally. However, physiatrists do not perform surgery. Your surgeon will manage this part of your treatment plan as needed. Sprains, strains, and neck and spine injuries resulting from work-related situations are often looked after by physiatrists.
Physical therapists help people regain strength and mobility after an accident, injury, or surgery. Common strategies include exercise and stretching, ultrasound, massage, hydrotherapy, and help to learn how to use a walker or prosthesis. A large number of occupational injuries require physical therapy.
If you or your co-worker suffer an injury from an accident at the workplace visit Specialty Care Clinics. Our specialists are well-trained and experienced in giving quality treatment to work-related injuries. We also provide worker’s compensation. Call us now.