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Generally related to repetitive motion during work-related tasks, occupational injuries are approached differently than injuries resulting from a single incident or accident. Patients suffering from an occupational injury often perform daily tasks that are repetitive and involve the same joints, tendons and muscles in a targeted region—such as computer operators, assembly line workers, construction workers or factory workers.
Injuries at the workplace may affect any part of the body and, at times, at multiple locations. Based on the body part affected, occupational injuries can be classified as injuries to head, neck, upper extremities, lower limbs and so on.
Common occupational injuries include:
Ergonomic specialists recommend the following adjustments to avoid workplace injuries, including back, neck and shoulder pain:
Workplace injury symptoms coincide with the specific injury incurred. However, the most frequently reported symptoms of repetitive motion injuries include:
At Kayal Orthopaedic Center, occupational injuries are diagnosed using X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, and magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI) scans.
Helping patients manage work-related injuries and illness, the orthopaedic surgeons at Kayal Orthopaedic Center offer award-winning care to manage pain and expedite recovery.Non-invasive treatment options include:
Depending on the type and severity of injury, Dr. Robert Kayal, MD and his orthopaedic team may treat occupational injuries by applying laser therapy to trigger points or larger tissue regions. As a result of these scientifically proven laser techniques, patients experience expedited rehabilitation and faster return to employment. A depomedrol injection may also be used for more stubborn work-related injuries.For more acute workplace injuries, surgery may be recommended.