Dallas Area Doctors Serving Injured Office Workers
It is a large misconception that office workers and clerks are immune from workplace injuries – and that only construction workers, industrial workers, and laborers suffer accidents, injuries, and illnesses on the job. In reality, a workplace injury can happen to anyone, even those who spend the majority of their time on a computer or at a desk. More than that, office workers can even suffer catastrophic injuries, like traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, that can leave them in the hospital and unable to work.
Office worker and clerk injuries come in two different types: Acute injuries, which are sustained during one-time accidents, and chronic injuries, which are sustained from overuse or repetitive motions. At Work Injury MD, we treat both types of injuries in workers through a number of medical services, including:
- Our pain management program.
- Diagnostic tests
- Prescription medications
- Physical therapy
Find out how we can help you get back on your feet and walking down the road to recovery by calling our clinic today. Alternatively, you may fill out our quick electronic contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Common Causes Of Office Worker Injuries & Clerk Injuries
If an office worker is not engaged in labor, how does he or she become injured during the workday? The truth is that there are a number of ways that accidents and injuries happen. Below, we’ve outlined six of the most common causes of injured office workers and clerks:
- Falls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the most common cause of injury among office workers. A worker can slip, trip, and fall anywhere in the office, whether they lose their footing due to a wire or loose carpet, or whether they fall down office stairs. Fall accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, back injuries, sprains, and broken bones.
- Improper lifting. Even largely sedentary workers sometimes have lifting tasks, such as lifting files, office equipment, or books. Office workers who are not familiar with proper lifting techniques, or workers who attempt to lift too much, may injure themselves in the process, sustaining back, neck, or leg injuries.
- Repetitive motions. One of the most common injuries among workers is repetitive motion and overuse injuries, such as tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. These injuries take place when a worker is overusing or straining one part of his or her body, most commonly the hands, wrists, neck, or back. These injuries can be as debilitating and painful as acute injuries.
- Unnatural sitting positions. If an office worker’s environment is not ergonomically correct, injuries can take place over time. For example, if a worker does not have his or her computer screen at the right height, or his or her keyboard in the right position, back, neck, and wrist problems are common over the long term. It is vital that these problems are fixed after a worker’s injuries are treated.
- Falling objects. While falling object injuries are much more common in jobs in factories or on construction sites, they are still one of the most common accidents in the office. A person may become injured when a piece of office equipment or a filing cabinet falls over, or when an object is dropped from a height.
- Assaults/Workplace violence. According to OSHA, a shocking two million people are affected by workplace violence each year, and about 400 people are killed in workplace violence incidents in the workplace each year. This is truly a real problem and a real cause of injury in offices across the country. Workplace violence injuries can range from contusions to broken bones to traumatic brain injuries.
The Texas Office Worker Injuries That We See Most
The above causes of office worker injuries can result in a wide range of medical issues, from bumps and bruises to life-altering conditions like herniated discs and traumatic brain injuries. Below are five of the most common office worker injures that we treat at our clinic:
- Back injuries. Office workers and clerks often visit the doctor because of back injuries from improper sitting, improper lifting, and falls. These injuries can be as simple as a muscle strain or as serious as broken vertebrae.
- Tendonitis. Tendonitis, when the tendons that connect muscles to bones becomes inflamed, is a common medical condition tied to overuse and repetitive stress in office workers. It can affect a number of areas in the body and results in pain and tenderness that can make working difficult or impossible.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome. Office workers who type for extended periods of time, or who use their hands and wrists extensively in repetitive ways are at risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome, in which inflammation in your wrist causes a pinched nerve. The pinched nerve can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand that hinders movement.
- Bulging discs. Sitting improperly, lifting improperly, and repetitive movements can cause or exacerbate herniated discs in the neck and back. Bulging discs can pinch nerves, causing severe neck and back pain and rendering workers unable to complete even the simplest tasks.
- Head injuries. Head injuries can be the result of a fall, a falling object, or workplace violence, and they can range from a mild concussion, in which the patient does not lose consciousness, to a catastrophic head injury that puts the patient’s life in danger. Head injuries often lead to days, weeks, or months of missed work.
These are only a few of the most common injuries that we see when we treat office workers and clerks. Even if you have suffered an injury not listed above, we encourage you to seek medical help at our clinic or elsewhere. Not seeking medical care for your work-related injury can result in permanent damage, both to your health and your career.
How To Prevent Injuries In The Office
While labor-intensive jobs like construction or factory work often have a heavy focus on worker safety, the employers of office and clerk jobs sometimes overlook teaching their workers about how to stay safe and prevent injuries. However, it is imperative that all workers understand how to protect their health and wellness in their work environment, including those who work in offices.
Office workers and clerks can avoid injury through:
- An emphasis on ergonomics. Before injuries happen, all workers should have their desk, cubicle, or office evaluated by an ergonomic expert. To prevent chronic neck, back, wrist, and hand injuries, workers should have computers, desks, chairs, and keyboards placed in the correct positions and at the right height. In addition, all workers should have lower back support and foot rests if necessary.
- Staff education. Just being aware of how office worker injuries happen can help reduce incidents and accidents. For example, workers should be aware of the signs and symptoms of overuse injuries and aware of the most common types of accidents that occur in the office. Staff education can reduce hazards in the office, such as loose carpeting or top-heavy office furniture, as well as promote ergonomic workspaces.
- Smart dress codes. Physical laborers are often required to wear steel-toed boots and hardhats in order to protect themselves, but office workers can also dress to prevent injuries. Wearing comfortable clothing and choosing shoes with low heels and good treads can mean fewer falls and chronic injuries.
- Knowing the early signs of repetitive motion injuries. Be aware of all of your repetitive motions, from typing on the keyboard to using the printer, to opening heavy doors. Look out for the early signs of overuse injuries, such as pain, tenderness, and redness in the affected areas.
- Taking breaks. It might seem strange that you need a break from sitting at a desk, but it is absolutely true. Giving your body a rest from sitting in the same position can significantly lower your risk of back, neck, wrist, and eye strain, not to mention that breaks boost productivity and happiness.
It is important to note that although the above tips can help reduce the number of accidents in the office, some accidents can and will still happen. If you have been injured in an office accident, or if you are suffering from a repetitive stress injury, contact a doctor today.
See A Work Injury Doctor In Dallas Today
Whether you suffered an acute injury at your office, or whether you are struggling to treat a chronic injury caused by overuse, improper sitting, or repetitive stress, the team at Work Injury MD is here to help diagnose your problem, listen to your story, and start working toward a more healthy you. Our board-certified doctor can help you with a wide range of work-related health conditions, manage your pain, get you on a path to wellness.
To schedule a medical consultation, speak with our doctor, or ask a question about our services, contact us today.