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At our clinic, Dr. Clinton Garda uses a variety of non-surgical chiropractic techniques to heal employment-related injuries, auto accident injuries, and personal injuries. Workers compensation injuries include repetitive motion injuries, desk/immobility injuries, and accidental injuries related to machinery or high risk occupations. Most people spend eight to 10 hours a day at work, and this is why back pain, neck pain, headaches and migraines, Sciatica, Carpal Tunnel, and herniated discs are often related to actions preformed at work.
Repetitive Motion Injuries
Repetitive motion injuries are the most prevalent kind of work related personal injury. During employment, many workers are required to constantly repeat the same task as part of their job description. These often unnatural repetitive motions can cause muscular imbalance and soft tissue damage.
Eventually the body breaks down under the strain. Repetitive motion injuries, such as Carpal Tunnel, can cause acute pain and discomfort.
Other common types of repetitive motion injuries are seen in jobs that require heavy lifting, such as nursing, stocking shelves, and factory employment. In these types of injuries, our chiropractor often sees patients suffering from shoulder pain, neck pain, back pain, headaches and migraines, Sciatica, and knee pain.
By using chiropractic techniques and our in-office rehabilitation, our chiropractor is able to relieve the pain, headache, and discomfort related to these injuries.
Immobility Related Workers Compensation Injuries
Spinal injuries are often caused by sitting immobile at a desk for long periods of time. The human spine was not designed to sit immobile for hours as is often required by many white-collar occupations. The immobility, combined with non-ergonomically designed furniture, poor posture, and sedentary lifestyles, can wreak havoc on the spine and neck.
Job stress and fatigue further complicate the situation, creating neck pain, sciatica, herniated discs, disc degeneration disease, and radiating extremity pain. Almost all employees will suffer headaches and migraines, back pain or neck pain at some point during their working life.
Chiropractic Care for Accidental Work Injuries
Employment injuries treated by our chiropractor also include accidental work injuries caused by tools, lifting, or falling. Inherently dangerous occupations, such as construction and heavy equipment operation have high rates of accidental injuries. These jobs are also physically demanding and taxing on the spine. Soft tissue extremity damage caused by accidental work injuries and car accident injuries can lead to chronic arm pain, leg pain, shoulder pain, back pain and neck pain.
All car accidents are different. The angle at which one vehicle hits another object / vehicle, the type of vehicle involved, the age of the person(s) in each vehicle (if there is more than one vehicle involved), the use of seat belts, the time of day and weather conditions at the time of the accident, and other variables all play a role in the injuries that affect each occupant of each vehicle.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the rate of auto accident injuries has been on the decline in recent years, yet while that statement sounds nice, on average, almost 3 million people were in auto accidents last year, and approximately 4300 of those are fatal accidents. A vehicle accident is not just defined as two cars hitting one another. There are many types of auto accidents, such as: vehicle on vehicle (car, truck, SUV, motorcycle, etc), vehicle on stationary object (tree, pole, fence, building, median, etc), vehicle on pedestrian, etc.
An injury stemming from one of these auto accidents can be classified as a major injury or a minor one. In some cases there are no injuries whatsoever. So what's the difference between the major and minor auto accident injuries? Regardless of how bad the injury may be, the people involved should consult a chiropractic physician immediately because the injury may not present itself for days or even weeks after an accident occurs. A chiropractic physician can then prescribe or schedule treatments.
The Role of the Chiropractor in Auto Accidents
A chiropractor's skills lie primarily in techniques related to the spine. A person in a car accident may experience one or all of the following symptoms stemming from spinal injury or bruising:
A chiropractor will suggest a schedule of treatment to help heal the injuries. If an injured person requires medical attention the chiropractor will refer the patient to a medical physician. Chiropractic care is a very important part of the healing process for the injured in car accidents.