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Workers Compensation Doctor: Can a Chiropractor Treat Workplace Accidents?

August 13, 2020

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Yes! Dr. Mike Francis is experienced in helping patients with work-related injuries, and we also have a personal injury claim specialist on staff to help you with your claims. We have helped many patients heal from on-the-job trauma and repetitive injuries and return back to work. Our Wilmington DE Chiropractic clinic is located in North Wilmington near Claymont, DE.

More than 3 million Americans are injured at work every year. Workplace accidents can happen whether you work in an office, retail setting or industrial environment. No matter how careful or how much safety training you have, unfortunately, accidents can happen through no fault of your own. The most common kinds of injuries have to do with slip and fall accidents, improper lifting, muscle strains, repetitive strain, falling objects, walking into objects and vehicle or equipment crashes. All of these work-related injuries can have serious long-term effects and need to be treated as soon as possible.

Benefits of Treating a Workplace Injury or Accident with Chiropractic Care:

Although we’re known for treating injuries related to sports and auto accidents, we also have a lot of experience treating patients who have been injured on the job. Our office provides caring, efficient chiropractic services for all of your work-related injuries. We are authorized to handle your workers’ compensation treatment, and we are experienced with the process to make it a seamless experience for you.

  1. Treat All Types of Injuries

A workers compensation chiropractor is able to treat many different injuries.

Such injuries may include:

  • Back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Neck pain
  • Arm pain
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Headaches
  1. Cost Effective

Chiropractic care for a work injury can be cost effective for both you and your employer.

The cost of healthcare is growing each year. When you suffer a workplace injury and go directly to the hospital, you’re costing your employer and their insurance more money than you need to. By visiting a chiropractor early on, you’ll avoid a hefty hospital bill.

  1. All Natural

Receiving chiropractic care for your workplace injury is a more natural and conservative treatment than prescription medications and surgery.

Chiropractic care works by realigning your body’s musculoskeletal structure. When your body is realigned after an injury, it can then heal any further injuries effectively and naturally. By seeking care with a chiropractor, you can save yourself from a dangerous surgery or having to take addictive medications to help with pain.

  1. Provide Proof of Injury

A lot of times symptoms of an injury won't present themselves right away and employees wait too long to seek care. If you wait too long to seek care you may overlook the connection of your injury to the workplace.

By receiving help immediately, it is much harder to deny the relation of the injury to the workplace.

  1. Get Back to Work Quicker

Seeking chiropractic care for a workplace injury can, in most cases, help to speed up your recovery and relieve your pain quicker than just utilizing traditional medicine. Of course, the sooner you seek care for your workplace injury, the quicker you’ll be back on your feet and able to work. That is why it is important you make an appointment and address the injury as soon as possible.

Common Types of Work-Related Injuries:

Back and Neck Injuries

Many different work settings can put undue stress and strain on your neck and back. From industrial and construction workers to those working in an office or service occupations, all professions are at risk of neck and back pain. This type of pain can be caused by many different issues in the workplace such as improper ergonomics, poor posture, or overexertion. Research has shown that chiropractic care is an effective method of relieving back and neck pain.

Carpal Tunnel and Other Repetitive Injuries

Long working hours on a computer or on an assembly line usually involve repeated and continuous wrist flexing. The repetitive motion can place too much pressure on the median nerve, which passes through your forearm and wrist. Some workers can develop carpal tunnel syndrome as a result of this type of compressing of the nerves after years of working under these conditions.

Headaches After a Work Injury

Persistent headaches are a common symptom after a work injury. There are many different injuries that will cause continued headaches even after an injury has healed. Stress, muscle tension, poor posture, and overexertion can all result in recurrent headaches. Patients who have sustained neck injuries may also develop headaches due to dysfunction in the cervical spine.

Research has shown that chiropractic care can fix cervical spine dysfunction, ease nerve damage and cure the symptoms of debilitating headache. Research has also shown that chiropractors can help patients reduce the migraine headache frequency and severity.

Other Common Work Injuries

At Francis Optimal Performance Chiropractic, we also treat patients with other difficult work-place injuries such as tendonitis, bursitis, rotator cuff injuries, mild tears, and numbness and tingling in the legs and arms. If you are suffering from an injury sustained on the job, call our office today to schedule a consultation. Our goal is to develop an individualized treatment plan to help you get back to work as soon as possible. We are dedicated to helping you get back to feeling your best.

What Should You Know About Workers' Compensation?

It is important to understand how workers’ compensation works before signing any documents or receiving certain treatments. Please contact your employer’s human resources representative to go over the process of your workers compensation claim so that you’re well informed of your rights. Once you have met with a workers’ compensation doctor,  you may be approved for chiropractic care for certain types of injuries. If that is the case, you will need to work with a qualified chiropractor that accepts workers’ compensation claims.

Your medical treatment should be completed by a doctor with experience in treating workers compensation cases. If you receive medical treatment from a doctor who is not a workers compensation doctor, then it’s possible your insurance claim will get denied. We have helped many injured workers recover from their injuries and learn how to protect themselves from injury in the future.

Workers’ compensation doctors will do an initial examination to determine whether your injuries are work-related or if they were pre-existing. They are qualified to do a variety of medical treatments, and can also discuss the diagnosis with you.

Workers’ compensation insurance is there to provide coverage for necessary medical treatments, rehabilitation related to the injury and lost wages. It should cover other medical services like physical therapy, chiropractic care and massage therapy when approved by workers compensation. The goal of this insurance is to help you recover and return to your job whenever possible.

Chiropractic Care for Work-Related Injuries

Your workers compensation doctor may approve you for chiropractic care for certain injuries. If that’s the case, it’s important to follow the doctor’s instructions and to seek regular visits with a qualified chiropractor that accepts workers’ compensation claims. Once you’re authorized to see a chiropractor, then your employer can’t deny or limit your chiropractic care sessions. It’s your right to get the care you need.

Although we’re known for treating injuries related to sports and auto accidents, we also have a lot of experience treating patients who have been injured on the job. Our office provides caring, efficient chiropractic services for all of your work-related injuries. We are authorized to handle your workers’ compensation treatment, and we are experienced with the process to make it a seamless experience for you.

There are a number of work-related injuries that we treat to help with a speedy recovery and pain management, to help you get back to work quickly. We treat spine, neck and other soft tissue injuries with the goal of total recovery for you. We also work with a variety of other medical professionals and physical therapists as needed to ensure the best outcome for our patients.

Personalized and Professional Care for Workers’ Comp Patients

From Dr. Mike Francis to everyone else in our office, the team of professionals at Francis Optimal Performance Chiropractic are dedicated to ensuring that you’re comfortable and that your treatment is working for you. We have experience working with work-related injuries as well as sports injuries and car accident victims. Our professional office staff know how to handle the details when it comes to processing insurance claims, so you get the care you need and deserve.

When you come to see us for your initial consultation we’ll review your medical history and the injury related to your workers compensation claim. Once we’ve done this, then we’ll begin the process of regular chiropractic care for you. We’ll track your progress along the way, making any changes to your treatment plan as needed. Our goal is to relieve your pain and to restore your mobility, so you can enjoy your life again.

Contact us for all of your chiropractic care needs. Whether you’ve been injured on the job, playing sports or you were the victim of an auto accident, we can help you get back to being pain-free and active. We also provide preventative chiropractic treatment to keep your soft tissue flexible. Preventative chiropractic care can help keep you from getting injured in the future and is a great way to stay healthy.

Give us a call or use the “Schedule Appointment” button on our website to get in touch with us today!

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