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5 Most Common Workplace Injuries

Injuries are part and parcel of any construction site, textile factory, automobile factory and office. All these injuries do not only damage the life of a worker, but they also damage the life of worker’s family and businesses over all. Workers should know about those common injuries and their treatment ways. Below are the details of all 5 injuries. take a look carefully, in order to avoid them while performing your duties.

Musculoskeletal Injuries

This injury occurs a lot at workplaces and there are many victims of this injury. Being worker you should know about all the causes of this injury and how to avoid them. Below are five causes of this injury, so take a look and guide your fellow workers about it

  • Fatigue
  • Sustaining painful posture
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Unhealthy stretching
  • Overexertion

These are the five main causes of musculoskeletal injuries, so if you avoid them then it will be a surety that you will not come across musculoskeletal injury at workplace.

Preventing Steps to avoid musculoskeletal injury

  • Do not keep one posture for a longer period
  • Get proper training to perform your duty
  • Keep focusing on having fit body and having flexibility

Treatment options

  • Get proper pain management treatment for your spinal misalignment
  • Exercises of strengthening and conditioning, along with stretching exercises

Injuries caused by Slip, fall and Trip

If you really learn the causes behind the injuries of fall and slip, it will reduce your chances to get this injury at workplace. So take a look at“the causes” of this injury carefully to avoid them at workplace.

  • Unnecessary objects on the floor
  • Floors, which have got wet and slippery
  • Not properly Fixed carpeting
  • Bad lighting

Preventing steps

  • Always remain alert and attentive
  • Focus on keeping workplaces clean
  • Make sure you use signage to point out slippery conditions

Treatment option

Rehabilitation exercises and proper pain management are the options you can avail to treat your injury properly, and it will insure your return to daily activities.

Repetitive injuries and its causes

This injury occurs mostly at busy workplaces, and it is caused by fixed- position activity such as keyboard using. In order to avoid this injury, you have to focus on the preventing measures for this injury.

Preventing steps

  • Learn how to decrease frequency of activity
  • Get proper breaks between work
  • Availability of ergonomic equipment

Treatment option

Try icing and get rest to have short term relief and contact your pain management specialist to treat your injury properly.

Injuries caused by Machinery and Equipment

This specific injury is caused by hazardous equipment, machinery and unnecessary objects on the floors. In order to avoid this injury, priority should be given to preventing measures as it reduces the chances of getting this injury.

Preventing Steps

Preventing steps to avoid this injury are:

  • You should know the safety precautions of your workplace first
  • Focus on keeping work environment good at workplace
  • Wearing protective equipment is must to avoid this injury
  • Keep store materials in a secure manner

Treatment option

Treatment for this sort of injury varies on the seriousness of the injury, but it is suggested that being a worker you should focus on preventing steps, as it is the only best solution for avoiding this sort of injury.

Work-related Vehicle Accidents

Worker-related vehicle accident is an almost common issue of each industry, and involves drivers who transport freight or people, employees who drive their own cars or company vehicles. Pedestrian workers who get injured on the road also come under this particular category of accident.

Preventing steps

Get proper training of driving company’s vehicles and learn the safety measures before you come on the road. Your company must introduce safe driving policies.

Treatment options

For the best treatment for this injury, you must consult your pain management specialist, as he/she will treat your injury without any invasive treatment.

Proper pain management is the right solution for all kinds of workplace injuries.

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Hazardous Outcomes of a School Bus Accident

One of the most tragic accident is a “school bus accident” as in such accidents, innocent school kids get injured and some of them get permanent physical disability and this is what no parents will like to see. All of us want school buses to take our kids to school and get them back to home safely, but this sometimes does not happen and this is the point parents always get worried about. We will share school bus accident injury statistics to let you understand the seriousness of this issue. This problem will not solve completely until proper rules of driving are followed.

Statistics of Bus accidents

Just to make you understand the seriousness of this issue, we present you the data of 2006 that 17,000 kids were taken to emergency room in 2006 that got injured by school bus accident. This figure is more than the figure of last year.

What are the causes of school bus accidents?

There are many causes behind this specific type of road accidents amongst which there are some on which we have shed light upon. Take a look below and also teach your children in this regard.

  • 25 percent of school bus accidents happen, while child enter or exit from the bus. Now it’s the duty of parents to guide their children on how to get off or get on the bus to avoid accident.
  • 42 percent of injures have been caused by bus accidents.
  • Slips, falls and fights are also the reasons behind kid injuries in buses.
  • Injuries of bus accident comprise cuts, head injuries and fractures.

What has The National School Transportation Association said?

The National School Transportation Association has stated that installing lap belts and seatbelts on the buses will help in preventing the accidents. But these do not seem cost effective. Installing lap-shoulder belts on the buses may cause you both its expensive cost and characteristic of reducing the seating capacity, said by Robin Leeds of the NSTA

Bus is safer than other vehicles

Despite the alarming statistics of bus accidents, school buses are much safer than most vehicles, as they have many built in safety facilities. Below are the details of those features.

  • When it comes to the safer vehicle, height and size of a bus make it stands apart from other vehicles. And these two features help in increasing protection.
  • A bus’s yellow color makes a driver spot it out very easily; such as, who is following it from a long distance on the road.
  • Flashing red lights and stop arms are also those features of a bus, by which any driver can recognize it easily.
  • Feature of reinforced side and back paneling that help driver keep an eye on other drivers on the road.

A road accident should never be ignored, even if your child says that he/she is ok but it’s your responsibility to assess their condition and take them to a doctor. Sometimes there are internal injuries that the child is unable to feel, that if not taken care properly will emerge in a much worse condition. So, it’s better to take the measures at the time of accident.

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Car Accident may cause a Rib Injury

In your body, ribs play very important part, when it comes to protecting your vital organs from being damaged. They are known to serve as first defense while collision in a car accident. Due to this, your ribs are at high risk of getting injury, specifically during a car accident. Below are the details of how your ribs get injured? And what are the reasons behind it?

Factors Contributing to Rib Injury

Rib injury is considered to be the most common injury, which occurs in a road accident. There are some factors, which increase your chances to get a rib injury and give you acute pain; below are those factors

  1. You may get rib injury, if you come across frontal or side impact collision in a car accident
  2. Rib injury can also be caused by collision with engaged seat belt.
  3. Powerful collision with airbag can also be the reason of rib injury
  4. Collision with steering wheel or door is also the common reason behind rib injury.

Many reports about rib injury have revealed that Rib strain has taken place more than a rib fracture in less dangerous accidents. Usually the most common injuries after a car accident are the rib injuries, and they are considered as the most acute as bone fragment have the characteristic of puncturing your lung. This indicates that rib injury may damage your lungs as well.

Diagnosis and treatment of a rib injury

 

Procedure of Diagnosing Rib Injury

After the car accident, the first thing which you do is visit a qualified injury specialist. In rib injury, it is very important for you to let your doctor examine your chest accurately, and then he/she may take the help of X-ray to carefully examine your bones. You can be taken through tests such as MRI or bone scan, in order to finalize the correct treatment for your rib injury.

Treatment of a Rib Injury

You may listen good or bad news about treatments of a rib injury. In many cases rib just gets cracked, not totally broken, and these sorts of injuries have the quality to heal themselves. Good news is that, you do not have to cope with a cast as in the case of broken arm or foot, cast may stop you from taking long breath. The bad news is that damaged rib can cause you acute pain, as it compels you to move your chest to take a breath. If you have failed to cope with it by taking painkiller medicines, then ask your doctor to give you much effective medication. In the case of suffering from fractured rib, you will have to undergo a surgery. And in surgery, your doctor will focus on treating the damaged area and repair your rib cage with plates and screws. Furthermore, he/she will ensure that your organs sustain safe and the bones start healing accurately.

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Repetitive stress injuries in Illinois

Repetitive stress injuries

Repetitive stress injuries are more hazardous and painful than normal work related injuries. Repetitive stress injury is not occurred by a single event such as fall from a ladder or a car accident. Carpal Tunnel syndrome is the one of the common reasons behind repetitive stress injury. CTS occur when the size of your wrist tendons get large and start giving stress on other nerves.

Pain sometimes does not appear at first, but it gets more worst over the period of time, if you ignore your pain it may worsen and at last you will come across extreme pain. Keeping your pain untreated will stop you to perform your duties and cause you financial loss. Treatment options are based on every specific condition. Specific repetitive trauma injuries can be treated with surgery, therapy or medication. If you miss work because of getting treatment, you can be entitled to Temporary Total Disability TTD benefits. Many more severe cases can you eligible for permanent benefits.

Workers of Illinois

Workers in Illinois have specific rights, which come under the Illinois workers’ compensation act. The act says that specific Carpal Tunnel syndrome and many other repetitive stress injuries are covered by workers’ compensation.

Repetitive Strain injury

Repetitive strain injury is caused by hazardous working environment and what activities are behind it at workplace. The treatment of Repetitive strain injury depends on your symptoms and any specific condition which has been diagnosed by your doctor. In order to avoid the symptoms of this injury talk to your supervisor or health representative, it will help you to be away from this specific injury.

Treatment options

Focus on your GP, if symptoms remain even though you tried to modify your work activities. There is not any specific treatment for RSI, but there are many treatments which can help people who suffer from RSI. For Finalizing the perfect treatment for RSI, you doctor has to diagnose the reason of RSI accurately. These treatments comprise of self –help measures, medication, or even surgery in some cases. Some treatments can help even your doctor has failed in diagnosing a specific medical condition from your symptoms.

Below are the treatment options for RSI

  1. Medication, which also includes anti-inflammatory painkillers like aspirin or ibuprofen. Muscle relaxants, antidepressants and sleeping tablets but it is to use when your RSI is stopping you to sleep.
  2. Physiotherapy, with advice on posture and stretches or exercises to strengthen or relax your muscles
  3. Steroid injections, it is to reduce inflammation of an affected area, this is recommended if it is caused by specific condition like carpal tunnel syndrome.
  4. Surgery is for correcting specific problems with nerves or tendons, for instance if you have carpal tunnel syndrome or Dupuytren’s contracture then you are the right candidate for the surgery.

 

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4 Most Common Workplace Injuries

Injured at Workplace?

Workplace injury should not be taken as normal injury, because if it is left untreated it can turn into a serious problem. Work injury can happen anywhere from setting at a standard office to an industrial site. The musculoskeletal injuries are most common at workplace and this particular injury’s ratio is increasing day by day specifically in Chicago and throughout the country. It mostly happens because of extra exertion, standing for a long time or lifting heavy objects at workplace.

Many medical researchers have observed that there are many other injuries which a worker can have while performing his/her duties, such as slip or fall injury, repetitive stress and injuries by equipment or machineries at workplace. Below are the details of these specific injuries and if you are suffering from severe pain caused by your work injury, then do not wait and contact Pain Management Institute and we will guarantee you that you will get back to your normal life as soon as possible.

1.     Musculoskeletal injuries

In a survey it has been noticed that 37 percent of workers have had musculoskeletal injuries and experienced severe pain in their neck, arms, legs, shoulders, and back by musculoskeletal injury. This survey depicts the severity of musculoskeletal injury; it means that you have to acquire the right treatment from the right doctor. Pain management institute has been treating musculoskeletal injuries for many years, so get our services if you are suffering from it.

2.     Slip or fall injuries

Many researches have manifested that 31 percent of workers have suffered from a fall injury at workplace. This injury sometimes cause a death if any worker falls down from an extreme height, it is the duty of supervisor to provide a worker clean and object free place from where there is a no chance to fall down at workplace. That approach may decrease the ratio of fall injuries at workplace.

3.     Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is also known as repetitive motion injuries, and it is caused by sitting for a longer period of time or keeping a same posture for hours while performing your duty. This injury exists among the injuries, which are treated by workmen’s comp and pain management institute is capable of doing that with insuring you quality treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

4.     Injuries caused by Equipments

Equipment injury is known as the most dangerous injury, it may cause you unbearable pain. Workers have to have the proper training to operate the equipment as it may sometimes cause disability, which no worker wishes to have. Our doctors are highly expert at eliminating your pain and injury caused by equipment or machines.

If you have suffered a work injury, please contact us today, we can help relieve your pain. Make an appointment at (815) 464-7212.

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This Father’s Day-Tips for Dads to Avoid Chronic Pains

“I am a strong person, I am a strong family man, I am a strong husband and a strong father”.

A father can confidently say such a statement if he takes utmost care of himself not only for the sake of his children but also to keep himself upright and strong in the society. When we talk about medical issues, no one is aware when they are about to get triggered in a body. There is no time for a chronic pain to strike your father’s body and make him seriously ill. So on this father’s day, this blog is written as a guide for all the dads out there suffering from chronic pain.

Fatherhood joys

When there is a talk of a mother and father, it is said that the mother looks after the children and the father does all the work in order to support the family; comes home at night and comparatively spends less time with the kids as compared to a mother. But to those dad’s who understand their importance and while working never compromise on spending time with their kids surely lead a fatherhood full of enjoyment and memories. They cherish the emotional attachment they develop with their children, note each and everything when their kids start to learn and their growth period. They relish every moment be it pulling their kids in a closed hug or fulfilling their demanding wants.

But to really take pleasure in becoming a dad and spending time with your kids, a father must be perfectly fit and healthy. It is seen that as time passes age factor is clearly visible on our dads and every day we are hearing complains of pains at the back, elbow sprains, leg pains and what not, making them wholly weak and all in all disturbed in their normal life.

Focusing on this irritating period we have jotted down some tips for the fathers that will help them get rid of chronic pains.

Discuss with your children

Being a dad it doesn’t mean that you keep everything to yourself. It is sometimes good to discuss your pains or medical related issues with your kids who will definitely take action in a caring gesture. Being open with your kids will let you gain the confidence among them, become their friends and ease the way of communication in between.

Accept help

Its Father’s day right? That is, your day; so if you are in pain and your kids want to help you then do accept help from them. Whatever they want, be it helping you in gardening, cooking or whatever, let them serve you and look after you. The love and care is only exchanged when it is accepted from one side.

Limit your stress

Don’t over stress yourself, performing all the chores from providing time to your family to guiding your kids into adulthood. If stress remains constant then it will lead you to chronic headaches and other pains that will not only disrupt your mood but will also make you dull in your everyday life.

Get Expert Help

For the sake of your family and the bright future of your kids take care of yourself and never hesitate to schedule a consultation with our experienced pain doctors at our Pain Management Institute. On this father’s day, make sure that they receive the best care and live a life free of pains.

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Get the Best Medical Care for Personal Injury & Auto Accident Injury

Almost half of the people in the United States come across an injury caused by automobile accident and in many road accident cases they are not necessarily at fault. The Pain Management Institute, Chicago Illinois is highly devoted to help you in evaluating, providing an accurate diagnosis, and preparing for recovery plan as the part of your medical care after your auto accident injury. Our aim is to make you capable of restart your life again and help you for faster recovery, with the help of our experienced doctors.

Pain Management Institute accepts Letters of protection from personal injury attorneys, bills auto insurance, as well as cash payments for personal injury medical care associated with a automobile accident.

Car Wreck & Auto Accident Medical Treatment

When you God forbid come across a automobile accident, then the first important thing is to find a clinic which should be known as specialized clinic for that sort of specific injuries and that is sometimes get critical. our doctors do not let any injury go untreated, because any minor injury caused by automobile accident can worsen and cause long-term injury if it is left untreated. Pain Management Institute has been helping patients recover from automobile accidents since 1997, and that sort of long period in treating patients from automobile accidents. Patients who got treated here have experienced our highly advanced treatment procedures first hand, and they can vouch that your complete recovery from injury is what our chief objective. Our team is very experienced in handling the personal injury- related legal paperwork and insurance, and it makes the process as easier as it can be for you.

Points To Remember For an Automobile Accident Treatment

  1. Get the medical treatment immediately after your automobile accident and delaying the treatment can cause more damage.
  2. Do not hide anything from your physician.
  3. Take all the follow-up appointments.
  4. Get the medication suggested by your doctor.
  5. Do not discontinue the treatment in the middle.
  6. Maintain a file of your all medical treatment.
  7. Inform your medical provider if you are suffering from depression or anxiety after the road accident.
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5 Most Hazardous Injuries caused By Car Accident

Car accidents have always been hazardous and they cause many long lasting severe injuries. These injures can stop one’s life forever so such injuries caused by car accident should not be ignored even though it is a small one. People who get injury by car accident should get immediate treatment because  if the injury remains untreated, it will start showing its bad affects, which may lead to another injury. Below are some injuries caused by car accident so take a look, and increase your knowledge regarding injuries occurred by car accidents.

You can experience Psychological Trauma after Car Accident

This seems to be very dangerous injury but the noticeable point is that people only focus and consider the physical injuries occurred by severe road accident. It has been observed by many psychologists that emotional trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are equally capable to damage your body as physical injuries do. You need to know that there are a lot of cases of PTSD caused by car accidents than any other reason behind (PTSD). Although car accident has not caused any severe injury but still there is a need that all the passengers and drivers get medical attention to fight against stress, which scares them to get back to roads.

You may come across Neck Injury after road accident

It is also one of the hazardous injuries occurred at road accident. The neck is one of the most sensitive parts of your body and it is the most affected part in car crash, according to the (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke). Whiplash emerges when you immediately move or extend your neck and this pain of neck may extend to three months.

You Might Get Head Injury by road accident

It is understood that in many car accidents, heads get affected badly and this specific injury is considered to the most common injury.  Severe head injury can lead to many more injuries which eventually cause death, and this injury’s span is from minor concussions to traumatic brain injuries.

What do you know about Lacerations?

You need to know that many typical car accidents caused by discarded objects which remain on the road and flying glass, car parts and road signs mostly cause injuries at the moment of impact. The span of laceration and cuts is from minor scrapes and bruises to severe wounds, which can cause massive blood loss.

Spinal and back injuries

These both elements of your body are at high risk of getting injured in a car accident. You must know that severe accidents can often lead to back pain and sprains. Moreover, hazardous spinal injury can decrease mobility of your body.

Safe drive is what you need to focus on

After going through all these road accident injuries, you must have surely understood how severe the outcomes are of worst driving. So in order to avoid any injury you really have to focus on safe driving. Learning safe driving is compulsion for each of us to avoid and lessen road accidents.

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Treating Spinal Compression Fractures-Vertebroplasty & Kyphoplasty

Spinal Compression Fractures are fractures of the vertebrae that are caused by compression, or excessive pushing of one bone against another. They usually occur in the thoracic and lumbar sections of the spine. Moreover they can also be caused by traumatic injury or as a result of osteoporosis.

Vertebroplasty & Kyphoplasty, having a strong direct link with these fractures are basically two invasive procedures used to treat the painful vertebral compression fractures, involving the vertebral bodies that make up the spinal column.

What happens in Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty?

  • In Vertebroplasty Procedure, the physicians inject a cement mixture with the help of image guidance into the fractured bone through a hollow needle.
  • In the Kyphoplasty procedure, first a balloon is inserted into the fractured bone through a hollow needle in order to create a space or cavity. When the balloon is removed, the cement is injected into the cavity.

Common uses of these Procedures:

The result of osteoporosis if not properly treated may lead to the painful vertebral compression fracture in the spine. This chronic condition can be treated with the help of vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty.

Furthermore, these two procedures are also performed on the patients who:

  • Are elderly or frail and can have an impaired bone healing after a fracture.
  • Are going through vertebral compression due to a malignant tumor.
  • Are suffering from osteoporosis due to long term steroid treatment or a metabolic disorder.

In order to achieve highest success ratio for the treatment vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty should be completed within eight weeks of the acute fracture.

 Benefits vs. Risks

Benefits

  • With vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty there will be an increase in a person’s functional abilities that will revert you back to the previous level of activity.
  • The procedures are highly beneficial for alleviating a pain faced after spinal compression fracture.
  • Following vertebroplasty 75% of the patients may definitely regain lost mobility and become more active. This will eventually help them in combating osteoporosis.
  • Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty are both safe and effective procedures.
  • In these treatments no surgical incision is needed, only a small nick is made in the skin that does not have to be stitched closed.

Risks:

  • It is understood that whenever the skin is penetrated, there is always a risk of infection.
  • A small amount of orthopedic cement can leak out of the vertebral body; this can create serious problems if the leakage moves out to the spinal canal or the blood vessels of the lungs.
  • Some possible complications include, bleeding, infection, increased back pain and neurological symptoms such as numbness or tingling.
  • A low risk of allergic reaction to the medications.

Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty are best procedures if you are suffering from spinal compression fractures. It’s true that there are risks in many treatments but in order to get rid or pull yourself back from a bigger problem these risks shouldn’t matter in front of a proper treatment that will prevent you from landing in an immobile state.

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Back Pain-Am I a Victim of Spinal Compression Fracture?

A Compression Fracture occurs when the bones of the spine i.e. the vertebrae collapses. Such fracture can lead to the destruction of our vertebrae completely leaving us in poor posture, in acute pain, and loss of height etc.

How do you fall prey to compression fractures?

Osteoporosis is the most common reason that can lead you to such fractures. As a result of this disease, spine bones become weak and they are totally unable to support normal stress and pressure. And eventually, by only coughing, twisting or lifting the vertebra will be fractured.

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Furthermore, an injury to the spine which is so hard that it has affected your buttocks or a blow on the head can cause spinal compression fracture. Such fractures also occur, if cancer spreads in the whole body and weakens the spine bone.

Check the below symptoms for Compression Fractures:

Generally the symptoms that link your bodily issues with compression fractures include:

  • Persisting back pain
  • Loss of height
  • Stooped Posture
  • Numbness or tingling in the legs or back
  • Weakness
  • Problems in walking
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control.

What should be done to cure the fractures?

Since months if you are taking medications, or following non surgical treatments, and you still left with pain not being diminished at all; as if the pain has not responded to the medications at all or you are even unable to complete the daily routine work then its better that you consider one sufficient surgical treatment known as microdiscectomy.

Microdiscectomy will help treat Compression Fractures

Microdiscectomy typically performed for the back pain issues or the herniated lumbar disc, is actually more effective in alleviating pain. The major aim of this surgery is to relieve back pain by taking off the pressure from the nerves.

In the surgical process the surgeon first visualizes the nerve root. A little part from the inside of the facet joint is removed which eases the access to nerve root and relieves the pressure from the nerve. Then the disc fragment is removed from under the nerve root.

As after this surgery, all the joints, the ligaments and muscles are left intact so there is no change in the lower spine’s mechanical structure of the patient.

After this surgery

The chronic pains that you have been facing for so long due to the fractures are relieved to a greater extent after this treatment and the patients will be able to resume their activity within 2 weeks of the procedure. But microdiscectomy will only act as a cure, if you after this procedure take a lot of care of yourself, keep taking the medications strictly, protect yourself from any huge injuries, have a balanced and nutritious diet etc.

Hence, aim for quicker recovery and less pain as everyone is important for their loved ones. And when your target will be such you will choose for yourself the perfect treatment that will eventually grant you relief from the excruciating pain that you were once facing.

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