Work Injury MD: Common Occupational Injuries & How We Can Help

Dallas Medical Clinic for On-the-Job Injuries

Some injuries are more common than others when it comes to accidents and repetitive motion health conditions in the workplace. Seeing a physician who is intimately familiar with on-the-job injuries and accidents can mean seeing a doctor who will know exactly how to diagnose and treat your symptoms with thought, care, and compassion.

At Work Injury MD, we treat a full range of work-related ailments, from something as serious as a traumatic brain injury to something as straightforward as a broken arm. From correctly managing your pain to successfully finding the right physical therapies to get your body back to 100 percent, our medical team – which includes a board-certified doctor – is here to put you on the most direct and effective path to health.

To ask about our services or to schedule an appointment, please call us today.

Can we help you with your injury or condition? Read on below to learn more about some of the most common types of workplace injuries that we help our patients with every day.

Hand & Wrist Injuries

Because virtually everyone works with their hands, from construction workers to administrative assistants, it is no surprise that hand and wrist injuries are extremely common on-the-job injuries. These conditions come in two forms: (i) Acute injuries like broken bones or severed fingers that occur in one-time accidents and (ii) repetitive injuries, like carpal tunnel syndrome, that occur in workers who put everyday stress on their hands and wrists.

Over a million workers visit the emergency room each year with a hand or wrist injury, and about 110,000 workers annually miss hours and pay due to a hand injury.

Common acute hand and wrist injuries include lacerations, thumb sprains, fractures, dislocations, burns, and amputations. Common chronic hand injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis.

At Work Injury MD, we treat hand injuries with medication, physical therapy, and surgery. In addition, those suffering from chronic pain related to their hand and wrist injury may benefit from our pain clinic.

Shoulder Injuries

Did you know that the average worker with a shoulder injury misses 21 days of work, or that 13 percent of musculoskeletal on-the-job injuries involve the shoulder? In general, even mild shoulder injuries can cause significant pain and render you unable to complete common tasks both at home and at work. Shoulder injuries that are not treated properly and thoroughly may result in long-term and chronic injuries and issues, including chronic pain, limited range of motion, and shoulder socket issues.

Common workplace shoulder injuries include dislocations, separations, rotator cuff injuries, frozen shoulders, and broken bones. In addition, workers may suffer from some repetitive motion conditions involving the shoulder.

At Worker Injury MD, we see a significant number of patients with work-related shoulder injuries. We are committed to thoroughly diagnosing the issue and treating it accordingly, with the utmost thought and care. Our clinic offers a full range of treatments, including but not limited to pain management, steroid injections, physical therapy, and surgery.

Head Injuries & Traumatic Brain Injuries

Head injuries are without a doubt the most difficult type of worker injury to treat successfully – it is oftentimes an invisible wound that requires extensive tests, careful treatment, and slow progress. It is also an injury that can affect workers for days, months, or years after an accident.

Many people do not know or do not understand that workers can suffer serious consequences and symptoms from a simple concussion, even if they do not lose consciousness. Many are embarrassed to come forward with complains of chronic headaches, memory issues, behavioral changes, and other serious symptoms of a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Head injuries are most common at work when an employee suffers from a fall, is struck on the head, or is involved in a motor vehicle accident. At Work Injury MD, we are committed to helping workers recover from their head injuries, no matter their severity, for as long as it takes them to see maximum improvement.

Neck Injuries

Neck injuries can be extremely painful and even immobilizing. Worse, neck injuries involving bulging discs can cause chronic problems that get worse over time and that could lead to permanent nerve damage. Neck injuries need to be treated with care, from diagnosing the problem to following through with increasingly aggressive treatments as needed.

Neck injuries that occur at work often involve falls or auto accidents, though some neck injuries are the result of repetitive stress, such as from heavy lifting.

Common types of neck injuries include whiplash, muscle strains, slipped discs, bulging discs, pinched nerves, ruptured discs, and herniated discs.

At Work Injury MD, we fight neck injuries and chronic neck pain with medication, injections, physical therapy, and, in some cases, surgery. This is all done with the goal of getting our patients comfortable, functional, and back to work if possible.

Back Injuries

Back injuries can take you off of your feet and out of work for days, weeks, or months, depending on their severity. In addition to not being able to work or engage in basic everyday activities, many of those struggling with back injuries also struggle with extreme chronic pain that can shatter their overall quality of life.

Back injuries come in two major forms: Acute injuries and chronic injuries. An acute back injury takes place all at once, usually during an accident, such as a fall or a car collision. A chronic back injury, such as a ruptured disc or a pinched nerve, gets worse over time due to poor lifting technique or simple overuse.

Common back injuries include muscle strains, lumbar sprains, broken vertebrae, herniated discs, and damaged spinal cord. We treat these injuries with a variety of approaches, starting with the least invasive. Our patients often recover through a combination of pain medication, steroid injections, and physical therapy. Some patients undergo surgery to correct disc issues or broken backs.

Foot & Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries most often affect workers who are on the go, such as postal workers, construction workers, and jail and prison workers. However, any employee may suffer a foot or ankle injury on the job due to a simple fall or misstep.

Common foot and ankle injuries include sprains, fractures, strains, bruised heels, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and dislocated toes. While some of these injuries heal in a matter of days or weeks, others can cause persistent issues, including pain and limited range of motion.

At Work Injury MD, we understand that it is important not only to manage our patients’ pain and heal their injury, but it is also important to understand what caused the injury in the workplace and how similar injuries can be prevented in the future. Many of our patients thrive through our combination of pain management and physical therapy, while some require surgery to return function and reduce pain.

Leg & Knee Injuries

Aside from back injuries, knee injuries sideline workers more than any other type of injury, while leg injuries are also a serious and significant problem in the workplace.

Common leg and knee injuries include sprains and strains, broken bones, cartilage tears, ACL, PCL, and MCL tears, and knee dislocations. All of these injuries can leave an employee in the hospital or at home for recovery – and wondering when and if they can return to work and begin to collect their paycheck once again. Although many leg and knee injuries affect laborers and those who are on their feet during the workday, some can occur even in sedentary jobs, due to trips and falls.

At Work Injury MD, we have extensive experience working with patients who have suffered leg or knee injuries on the job, and we understand how important it is to get you off the sidelines, both in and out of work. We will carefully diagnose and treat your leg and knee injuries, through careful testing, medication, physical therapy, and surgery if necessary.

Internal Injuries

Internal injuries can be extremely serious if not diagnosed correctly and treated as soon as possible. They can also take an employee out of work for weeks or months so that delicate organs can heal over time.

Common internal injuries include internal bleeding, kidney injuries, liver injuries, ruptured spleen, broken ribs, and abdominal injuries. At Work Injury MD, we treat all of these acute injuries with care and compassion.

Talk To A Work Injury Doctor Today

Serious on-the-job injuries don’t just sideline you at work, they can also seriously affect your life after you punch out. Injured workers report having difficulty with everyday tasks, struggling with relationships, dealing with chronic pain, and worrying about financial matters. At Work Injury MD, we understand that it is of the utmost importance that we get you on your feet again – pain-free and ready to take on your life and career once more.

Even if you have visited a doctor that has not met your needs, do not give up hope. We invite you to fill out our short contact form and a representative with our office will get back to you as soon as possible.