Work-related Injuries

Injuries at the workplace are very common and may be debilitating. Workplace injuries often occur because of high-risk jobs, scarcity in safety devices, lack of training and a large number of manual workers.

Occupational injuries can be categorized into injuries by nature of job, injuries related to various organs and injuries based on severity. Injuries at the workplace may affect any part of the body and at times, many parts. Based on the body part affected, occupational injuries can be further classified as injuries to the head, neck, trunk, upper limbs, lower limbs and multiple locations.

The common injuries at the workplace include:

  • Sprains
  • Fractures
  • Bone dislocations
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Injuries requiring limb amputations

Spinal injuries are the most common workplace injuries that may occur while operating heavy machines, lifting heavy objects, driving automobiles or when you suffer a fall. Common spinal injuries you may suffer from at the workplace may include:

  • Fractures
  • Dislocation of adjacent bones
  • Partial misalignment (subluxation) of adjacent bones
  • Disc compression (herniated disc)
  • Hematoma (accumulation of blood)
  • Partial or complete tears of the ligaments

The most common symptom of workplace injuries is pain. Some injuries may damage the spinal nerves, causing inflammation, and loss of muscle control and sensation. Symptoms may proceed to paralysis, limited movement and immobility.

Workplace injuries are diagnosed using X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.

Depending on the type and severity of the injury, treatment will be initiated. Regardless of the type of injury, the patient should be provided first aid in the form of:

  • ABC: Airway, breathing and circulation
  • Immobilization of the body part affected to avoid further injury
  • Shifted to the hospital, where the required treatment will be initiated

Your doctor may recommend rehabilitation that includes physical therapy to promote complete and faster healing.

KOC must have all authorization from your work comp adjustor prior to your visit with one of our providers. The patient must obtain employer and/or workers' compensation carrier authorization before our physicians can begin care. Once authorized for treatment, the workers' comp insurance carrier pays for the services. If we have not received authorization from the insurance carrier, the patient will be responsible for the payment on the day of treatment or will be rescheduled once necessary information is obtained.