Chiropractic Care for Work-Related Injuries
The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) recognizes chiropractic care as a safe and effective form of treatment for many of the work injuries that are sustained while on the job including traumatic injuries, repetitive strain injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome. Including chiropractic treatment as part of your rehabilitation plan can ensure a speedier and fuller recovery. Our chiropractor can relieve your pain by working on soft tissue like muscles, tendons and ligaments, and ensuring optimal alignment of your joints and spine.
For work related upper limb disorders, like carpal tunnel syndrome, chiropractic therapy results in decreased hand paresthesias (numbness, tingling or prickling) and muscle weakness and improved range of motion and neurologic deficits.
Medications for Pain After Work Injuries
Pain medications all come with a certain degree of risk. NSAID’s are associated with gastrointestinal injury that can lead to ulcers and bleeding. Tylenol is associated with damage to the liver. For short term use, these can help alleviate symptoms while you are seeking help to heal the injury and deal with the root cause of the pain.
Other Alternative Medicine Treatments for Pain After an Injury at Work
Certain nutrients can help as natural anti-inflammatories, such as fish oil, and natural muscle relaxants, such as magnesium.
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to relieve pain. It encourages the production of natural painkillers and anti-inflammatories in the brain and helps stimulate the immune system to speed healing. It involves the insertion of very fine, sterile needles into specific points located on channels that run throughout your body.
Registered Massage Therapy
Massage therapy can help move the lymphatics to transport immune system cells to the injury, it can also help relieve muscle pain and speed healing.
Herbal medicines can act as natural anti-inflammatories and pain relievers without the nasty side effects.
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