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Work related Injuries

From muscle strains and pulls to joint and back-related pain, work-related injuries can result in a wide range of painful conditions that can be either temporary or chronic in nature, with some requiring more extensive treatment than others. Due to the diversity of what can be considered a “work-related injury,” symptoms can be mild, severe, sudden, progressive, or somewhere in between any of these descriptions. Treating such injuries starts with making an accurate diagnosis of what’s causing the pain and often includes a combination of remedies ranging from pain medications to some type of physical therapy.

Causes

Some degree of muscle strain is a common cause of work-related injuries, usually resulting from improper lifting techniques or overextending a muscle and corresponding joint. Injuries in the workplace can also be caused by being struck by an object, which may result in back, shoulder, knee, or leg pain, depending on location of the impact. Overexertion and falls account for nearly $30 billion in workers’ compensation costs alone. Low back pain is the most common source of job-related pain, although work-related injuries can also be caused by:

  • Repetitive motions
  • Being struck against an object
  • Sudden or hard body movements

Symptoms

Symptoms of work-related injuries can be gradual and progressive when repetitive motion injuries are involved, as is often the case with carpal tunnel syndrome, which is caused by a pinched nerve. Symptoms from repetitive muscle strain or overexertion can include dull aches that are initially mild and become increasingly worse due to inflammation and joint or tissue damage. For injuries involving a fall, the pain may be intense and felt instantly or become evident later after inflammation develops in the affected area. Some other signs of a work-related injury include:

  • Sudden or sharp pain that doesn’t go away with initial rest
  • Pain aggravated by certain movements involved with your job
  • Mild discomfort that lingers or becomes increasingly persistent

Treatments

If the source of your pain from a work-related injury isn’t clear from image tests, a functional capacity evaluation may be recommended to determine your ability to perform movements involving lifting, standing, walking, pushing, and pulling. When it’s work-related back pain you’re dealing with, treatment often includes some type of physical therapy and the use of pain medications on a temporary basis, although including anti-inflammatory foods in your diet can also help and minimize your risk of issues with pain medications. Treatment may also involve:

  • Aggressive injury management
  • Ongoing chiropractic care
  • Encouragement of preventative steps

Successful management of pain resulting from a work-related injury depends on the extent of the injury and when it’s diagnosed and treated. If your pain reaches a point where it’s either manageable or has become minimal or non-existent, you may need to modify your work-activities, especially if you’re in an occupation that involves heavy lifting or repetitive motions, in order to minimize the risk of sustaining additional injuries. As with any type of injury, early diagnosis greatly increases your odds of seeing positive treatment results.

Contact Allied Pain & Spine Institute today to receive the treatment you need from a work related injury.

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Michelle T.

I fly in to see Dr. Petros from Southern California.  I wouldn't do so if he wasn't the best there is.  He is compassionate and has always treated me kindly. I can tell he is sincere in the way he talks to me and is diligently looking for solutions that work best with me and my chronic pain needs.  Very out of the box approach, which I appreciate these days!  I would truly recommend Dr. Petros to anyone looking for a Dr. that not only cares about you as a patient but has the confidence and skill set to get results! His office staff is friendly and caring too.  Allied Pain and Spine Institute is the Gold Standard in pain care in my humble opinion!! When I find a doctor that understands the issue and always goes above and beyond to help me, I do what I can to continue seeing them. I am so glad I found this office!!

Louise W.

Dr Petros is amazing!  When he uses a needle his aim is "right on".  He is also very personable, an altogether great guy.  I always find my visits to him to be very informative. I have had both sides of my degenerated back injected (epidural shots) with complete success.  He allows me to have no sedative, which is cool because his jokes and stories in the operating room are really good.  He greatly enjoys his work, and enjoys the difficult challenges of getting a needle into the right place in my back.  My arthritic knee is perhaps more straight-forward, but other doctors have failed to give me pain relief.  Dr Petros studies the structure with ultrasound before injecting it.  The result - instant relief! On my recent visit for a broken back (ski accident) the doctor and staff were very accomodating to help me make a dinner engagement shortly after my appointment.  This is definitely a five-star operation!

Ellie O.

Wow, wonderful doctor!!! I avoid all the doctors like the plague...seriously it makes my blood pressure go up when I have to go but I chose Dr. Vaidya. My friend referred him to me, he's simply the best... TOP NOTCH!!! He turned out to be a breath of fresh air. Dr. Vaidya really stands out head and shoulders above everyone else. I usually don't write reviews but he's so outstanding that I really wanted to do it for him. He's the most honest and caring doctor I have met.  He listens and gives you full attention and committed to find the best individual solution for you. He always goes out of his way to get you the most appropriate treatment and he will make it happen. He's very knowledgeable in his field. He's very professional, friendly, personable and definitely easy to talk to. His integrity is very valuable. He's one of the sharpest and most driven individuals you will ever meet.

Keith M.

Simply the best doctors and staff in the area. I've fought back and neck pain for over 30 years, and Dr. Petros and his team have kept me from the operating table and able to enjoy my life. I've had injections, acupuncture, as well as back braces. He listens to my concerns, cares very deeply for my pain and discomfort, and has successfully treated everything from stenosis, pinched nerves, herniated disks, and even helped me with the symptoms from shingles and lung disease. I couldn't be happier with the care he has given me over the years.

Kaitlin Z.

Dr. Vaidya has changed my life. I am in my late 20s with chronic pain and nothing had worked until I came here. All services here are wonderful and the staff is absolutely amazing. I can't recommend enough!!

Tracy B.

I have been a patient of Dr. Vaidya for a few years after not getting what I needed from other spine and pain doctors. I was looking for a doctor who would think outside the box and come up with some other ways to treat my growing amount of pain. Between Dr. Petros and Dr. Vaidya, they have brought me to a place where my pain is better managed. And let's just talk about bedside manners! I have never met doctors in the past 23 years of this back journey of mine that has as amazing bedside manners as these guys. I have cried and laughed with the team at Allied Spine. The way that I am always greeted and promptly cared for is bar none! The front office staff, and especially Nas, has been a God sent. I would never go anywhere else.

Justin P.

I am a new patient of DR Petros and my experience was great for my first two visits so far. He really takes time to listen to your issues and provides thorough answers and treatment options. The front desk staff are all very nice and respond in a timely manner to requests. Highly recommended all around!

Lisa A.

I have seen Dr. Vaidya for about 2 years. He is an amazing doctor.the attention and care you receive is well over 5 stars. He knows who I am by my face, he knows my health history with out looking in my chart, he remembers conversations we have had at previous appointments. He truly cares for his patients. I will be moving our of state, and will travel back here each month to see doctor Vaidya. I lost my insurance over a year ago and pay out of pocket to see the doctor, it is worth every penny to be treated with respect, as a person and with care. I love all the staff and feel like I am visiting family when I come in for my appointments.

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