ORTHOPAEDIC SURGICAL CONSULTANTS
Orthopedics, Physical Therapy, & Podiatry located in Merrillville, IN
Even when strict safety measures are in place, accidents can still happen at work. If you suffer a workplace injury, the experienced physicians at Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants in Merrillville, Indiana, can help. They offer effective treatment and rehabilitation to get you back to work as soon as possible. For the best care of your work injuries, call Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants, or book an appointment online today.
Work Injuries Q & A
What are work injuries?
Work injuries include any damage your body sustains when you’re at work or on company business. Some of the problems people often visit Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants for include:
- Back pain
- Impact injuries
- Vehicle accidents
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Neck pain
- Strains and sprains
- Herniated discs
- Crush injuries
- Fractures and dislocations
Your employer has a legal obligation to ensure every staff member’s working conditions meet the safety standards outlined by law and your industry’s governing bodies. Each staff member also has a personal duty of care to follow safe working practices when they’re on the job.
However, in spite of these precautions, many people still experience work injuries that often require medical treatment and expert rehabilitation.
What happens when I sustain a workplace injury?
If you suffer an injury at work, you must report it to your supervisor, even if it seems minor. There should be a record of the incident on paper as well.
If your injury requires emergency medical attention, you need to go to the hospital or call 911. For less serious conditions and follow-up care, find a doctor with authorization from the Indiana Workers’ Compensation Board. Your work injury may qualify under workers’ compensation or workers’ comp, but you need to see a registered physician.
The doctors at Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants have years of experience treating workplace injuries and helping patients with workers’ comp claims.
What is workers’ comp?
Workers’ comp is a type of insurance you can claim if you get sick or injure yourself at work. Your employer contributes funds to the program, and the Indiana Workers’ Compensation Board handles all the claims and payments.
Workers’ comp payments aren’t dependent on who was at fault, except for deliberately self-inflicted injuries and injuries that happen when you’re under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The money is there to help you manage at a difficult time and prevent financial hardship if you can’t work.
How are work injuries treated?
Treatment for work injuries varies. You might need different treatment for a repetitive strain injury to a fracture, for instance. The severity of the injury also makes a difference. Your provider at Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants conducts a comprehensive exam to assess your condition before preparing a treatment plan for you.
Potential treatments for workplace injuries include:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Muscle relaxants
- Therapeutic massage
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
- Spinal mobilization
- Epidural steroid injections
- Facet joint injections
- Nerve blocks
- Trigger point injections
- Radiofrequency ablation
You might require surgery for more severe or complex injuries.
To receive expert care for your work injuries, call Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants, or book an appointment online today.