Workplace accidents can cause minor injuries, from minor cuts and scrapes, to more serious injuries like concussions and nerve damage. Injured employees should seek immediate medical attention to avoid complications and to ensure a full recovery.
Types of Workplace Accidents
In the workplace, employees may sustain injuries caused by the following types of accidents:
Slips, trips, and falls
Caught in or between hazard
Struck by moving machinery
Transportation and motor vehicle accidents
Fire and explosions
Overexertion and repetitive stress injuries
Struck by a falling object
Assault or workplace violence
Exposure to toxic chemicals and pollutants
Confined space accident
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Traumatic brain injury
Severe sprain of wrists or ankles
Contusions, abrasions, and lacerations
Soft tissue injury
Quadriplegia or paraplegia
Torn tendon and/or ligament
Spinal cord injury or cut
Whiplash from work-related motor vehicle accident
Symptoms of Workplace Injuries
After a workplace accident, injured workers may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
Loss of consciousness
Sensitivity to light and sound
Changes in mood
Pain that worsens with movement
Difficulty standing upright
Change in bowel movements
Some injuries can only be identified through a medical evaluation involving diagnostic exams, such as X-Rays and MRIs. Injured workers should seek medical attention as soon as possible to find out what kind of treatment they need.
At Las Vegas Primary Care, injured workers may be treated with joint and soft tissue injections, pain management therapy, and occupational medicine. The right treatment will depend on the extent of their injuries.
Joint and soft tissue injections may help alleviate pain caused by soft tissue injuries. Staff at Las Vegas Primary Care can provide epidural injections, piriformis injections, sacroiliac joint injections, and trigger point injections.
Pain management therapy is another option that may encompass a range of treatments, such as hot and cold therapy, massage, deep breathing, acupuncture, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, cognitive behavior therapy, yoga, tai chi, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication, opioids, antidepressants, and beta-blockers.
Severe workplace accidents can cause long-term injury and illness that interferes with daily life and impairs a worker’s ability to perform job duties. In these cases, occupational medicine could help the injured worker adjust to the demands of the workplace as they recover from their injuries.
Employers may also need assistance adapting the workplace to the limitations of injured employees. In these cases, occupational medicine can help both employers and injured employees create a plan that will meet their needs.
Injured workers who need advanced treatment to address injuries such as fractures, for example, may undergo chiropractic adjustment, physical therapy, and even surgery. Patients are encouraged to speak to staff at Las Vegas Primary Care to learn more about obtaining advanced treatment for their injuries.
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