One of the most common causes of
workers’ compensation injuries in Marietta is repetitive stress to the muscles or bones. Many jobs require employees
to complete the same tasks or actions over and over again, leading to
a repetitive use injury such as tendonitis, bursitis, carpal tunnel, joint
pain, or back pain. Here is a look at how orthopaedic doctors can treat
work-related repetitive use injuries.
At-Home Treatment and Care
When you visit an orthopaedic doctor for treatment of a workers’
compensation injury, he will first recommend conservative, at-home treatment.
This treatment can often effectively relieve symptoms like back pain,
shoulder pain, neck pain, hip pain, leg pain, joint pain, and sciatic
pain. It also provides effective pain management for conditions like rheumatoid
arthritis, sciatica, tendonitis, carpal tunnel, and bursitis. Your orthopaedic
doctor will suggest that you rest the injured area, apply heat and ice,
take pain medication, and elevate the injured area until symptoms improve.
If symptoms do not improve or if they worsen, you orthopaedic doctor will
recommend orthopaedic treatment. He may also recommend this treatment
in combination with at-home treatment. Common forms of orthopaedic treatment
include physical therapy, exercise, massage therapy, acupuncture, spinal
adjustments, or spinal decompression therapy for sciatica, sciatic nerve
pain, and herniated discs. These treatments should be continued for as
long as your doctor believes that they are necessary for pain relief and
Pain Management and Medication
In order to prevent a recurrence of symptoms, your orthopaedic doctor will
also develop a pain management plan for you. This plan is meant to reduce
your risk of future workers’ compensation injuries and repetitive
stress injury symptoms. You should follow it carefully to protect your
orthopaedic health. You pain management plan may include pain medication
to be administered by your doctor, or at home. This medication is typically
steroid injections, platelet-rich plasma injections, prolotherapy injections,
or prescription oral or topical pain medications.