Some workplace injuries are caused by accidents such as a fall, lifting injury or motor vehicle accident. Other workplace injuries are the result of repetitive strain, overuse or poor ergonomics. Common workplace injuries include lower back pain, neck and shoulder pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, elbow pain, wrist pain and tendinopathies. Such injuries may cause significant pain and debilitation often leading to time off work and preventing a patient from actively engaging in the activities that they enjoy.
The chiropractors at Southern Region Chiropractic Mittagong and Goulburn are WorkCover NSW approved and are trained to assess, diagnose and treat acute and chronic workplace injuries. They first focus on diagnosing the cause of a patient’s injury in order to determine the best evidence-based treatment approach. This diagnosis is made after the chiropractor has taken a detailed history and performed a thorough examination. Our chiropractors are trained to identify when an injury requires co-management with another health professional or requires referral.
Once the cause of a patient’s injury has been diagnosed and any underlying ergonomic issues have been identified the chiropractors at Southern Region Chiropractic then develop a management plan guided by a thorough understanding of the latest research. This management plan will also include the best strategy for returning to work and avoiding future injury. Treatment is aimed at reducing pain, healing damaged tissue, improving movement, strength and function of the injured area, and correcting any underlying biomechanical issues that may have contributed to the issue.
Treatment often includes joint mobilisation or manipulation, soft tissue techniques, dry needling, advice on pain relieving methods, ergonomic and activity modification advice, and the prescription of specific rehabilitation exercises. The use of these techniques varies depending on the patient’s age, health and their personal preference.