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Can Chiropractor Help You After a Work-related Injury?

Studies have shown that chiropractic care after a work-related injury significantly reduces recovery time, decreases the need for hospital admissions, and is more cost-efficient than traditional medical care.

There are two main goals following a work-related injury, manage the pain, and getting the individual back to work as soon and as safely possible. Chiropractic care can play an essential role in reaching these goals.

What Does a Chiropractor Do?

Chiropractic is a branch of health care that focuses on correcting alignment problems, help decrease pain, and assist the body to heal itself.

The medical professional that practices chiropractic care is known as a chiropractor. Your primary doctor may refer you, but most of the time, a referral is not required.

In order to treat injured workers in New York, chiropractic physician needs to be an authorized medical provider by the NYS Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB),

What Types of Injuries Do Chiropractors Treat?

Chiropractors treat hundreds of injuries and conditions. A substantial amount of work-related injuries are also treated.

One of the most common conditions is subluxation; this is a condition of the spine where the function is compromised due to joint changes.

Other conditions, such as back pain, neck pain, herniated disc, sciatica, and migraine headaches can also be treated with chiropractic care.

When certain injuries involve the spine, a chiropractor can be beneficial to your treatment and recovery. Muscles provide movement and slight support for the spine. Ligaments provide the majority of support for the spine.  Healthy muscles and ligaments keep the spine in correct alignment.

Specific work-related injuries can cause stretching and tearing of these muscles and ligaments.

Once damage occurs, these muscles and ligaments loosen, which will allow the spine to become out of alignment.

When the spine is out of alignment, it can cause pain, disc irritation, pinching of nerves, and decreased motion, to name a few.

How can a Chiropractor Help After a Work-related Injury?

A chiropractor uses a variety of equipment and techniques to help relieve pain and facilitate the healing process.  In the case of spinal misalignment, the chiropractor can use manipulation to adjust the spine to relieve pain and restore proper body support.

Other techniques used by a chiropractor are massage therapy, rehabilitation exercises, and nutritional counseling, to name a few.

All these treatments are aimed at getting the musculoskeletal system realigned, get joints functioning again, decompress nerves, and help muscles to heal faster with less discomfort.

"When Should I See a Chiropractor?"

Lots of people ask, “When Should I See a Chiropractor?”. There are many reasons to do so.

Injury treatments such as surgery and pain medication can prolong your recovery period.  Chiropractic care could be an option over surgery and meds, then it could benefit you in the long run.

Chiropractic care is noninvasive and can alleviate pain without medications.  Not only will they treat your pain and symptoms, but it may help with your workers’ comp case.

Incomplete or improper medical treatment and/or documentation can get your workers’ compensation claim denied.

Call (888) 590-4030 today to find an experienced workers’ comp chiropractor near you and get well!