Workplace accidents are a common occurrence, and they often result in injuries. The most common musculoskeletal injuries employees sustain in their line of work include plantar fasciitis, disc herniation, rotator cuff tears, chronic back pain, fall injuries, tendon tears, shoulder impingement, and fractures.
At Core Medical Center, our dynamic team of providers includes a pain management specialist, licensed chiropractors, and a physical therapist who are dedicated to delivering effective, innovative treatment solutions for musculoskeletal injuries sustained in the workplace. We will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your injury and devise a treatment plan that best addresses your needs. Your treatment plan will likely include any or a combination of the following approaches.
Physical therapy is not only about helping a person recover from their workplace injury; it is also about teaching the person how to be proactive about their own safety. Your physical therapist will integrate strength and balance training exercises into your treatment plan to help restore your normal function as well as have you identify body imbalances that predispose you to injury so you may lower your risk of getting reinjured.
At your first session, your physical therapist will likely ask you questions about the nature of your job and how you got injured, then proceed with assessing your discomforts, strength, and range of motion. Your physical therapist will work closely with your doctor to craft a job-specific treatment plan, aimed at getting you back to work as quickly and safely as possible.
You will likely get on a focused treatment program that will address the acute symptoms associated with your injury and a movement exercise program to help restore your mobility. Your recovery will likely consist of a transition into a work-conditioning program to get your body ready for the rigors of your job.
Chiropractors specialize in diagnosing and treating the full range of mechanical issues of the neuromusculoskeletal system (nerves and soft tissues). Chiropractors have specialized training in restoring and promoting optimal health, emphasizing spinal manipulation, which they often employ in conjunction with other non-pharmacologic and nonsurgical treatment methods.
Your chiropractor may use the diversified technique to address your workplace injury, which involves delivering quick manual thrusts to specific areas of your spine, legs, and arms to achieve proper alignment. However, they may also incorporate other techniques, whichever suits your injury. Other techniques used by chiropractors include:
- Manual adjustment using the Thompson drop table
- Cox flexion distraction
- Activator method (using a spring-loaded, handheld mechanical device)
- Active release technique (ART)
Your chiropractor can also provide you with guidance on lifestyle choices, recommend therapeutic exercises to speed up the healing process as well as teach you proper body mechanics to prevent future injuries.
Regenerative medicine is a relatively young field of study that aims to treat injuries and diseases by leveraging the body’s own healing power. Regenerative medicine offers natural treatment approaches, such as the two listed below, which have shown to promote healing by stimulating tissue and cell regeneration.
o Amniotic Fluid-Derived Stem Cells
If you sustained a soft-tissue injury at work, such as an Achilles tear, rotator cuff injury, or golfer’s elbow, your pain management specialist may recommend amniotic fluid-derived stem cells, which are extracted from a donated placental tissue after a live, full-term birth via c-section.
Amniotic fluid contains growth factors—stem cells, cytokines, proteins, and other compounds—that help boost tissue regeneration and naturally combat inflammation.
o Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections (PRP)
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are derived from the patient’s own blood sample, which is drawn and processed in a centrifuge. As the blood sample is spun at a high speed, the plasma and platelets separate. Your pain management specialist will use the highly concentrated platelets and inject them to the site of injury.
Like amniotic fluid injections, PRP injections also contain high concentrations of growth factors, which have been shown to effectively enhance ligament and tendon healing. PRP injections have also been seen to produce excellent results when used as an adjunct to physical therapy, chiropractic care, or amniotic fluid-derived injections.
Workplace Injury Treatment in Blue Springs, MO
At Core Medical Center, we strive to deliver the highest quality of care for our patients while ensuring the workers’ comp process is as hassle-free and affordable as possible for both employers and employees.
To schedule an appointment with one of our providers, contact us now at (816) 427-0201. You may also use this secure appointment request form. We look forward to helping you get back to work in the quickest and safest way possible!