Treatment for Orthopedic Work Injuries in St. Louis

Missouri Orthopedics & Advanced Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Work Injuries

Whether it’s because of the heavy loads you lift, the way you stand to complete a task, or the result of a workplace accident, the outcome is the same – a work-related injury costs you and your employer in lost time and wages. At Missouri Orthopedics & Advanced Sports Medicine, our skilled experience in the treatment of common workplace injuries to the knee, hip, or shoulder will get you back on the job quickly and safely. We will help you with your workers’ compensation claim to ensure you receive the care you need.

Common Workplace Injuries

The types of workplace injuries you could be at risk for will depend on the type of job you do daily. The most common orthopedic work injuries that occur overall include:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Tears
  • Fractures
  • Bone dislocations
  • Soreness or pain

Most workplace injuries are due to overexertion, contact with objects and equipment, or slips, trips, and falls.

Preventing Workplace Injuries

The best way to deal with workplace injuries is to do your best to avoid them in the first place. Follow all necessary safety precautions when performing any given task. Below are some workplace rules to follow from the National Safety Council:

  • To avoid overexertion:
    When lifting objects, avoid bending, reaching and twisting. Be sure to always take frequent, short breaks.
  • To avoid contact with objects and equipment:
    Heavier objects should always be stored close to floor level. Always stay aware of your surroundings, watching for moving equipment. Wear any necessary protective equipment, such as a hard hat.
  • To avoid slips, trips, and falls:
    Ensure any ladder being used is placed on an even, solid surface. Practice good housekeeping by properly marking wet or slippery surfaces, cleaning up spills, and always picking up tools or other objects on or near the floor that may result in tripping.

In the event an injury does occur, it is important to report it to your human resources department and seek proper treatment for any orthopedic concerns by contacting our office for an appointment.


What to Do if you Experience a Workplace Injury

Every workplace is unique, so be sure you are up-to-date on your company’s protocol for workplace injuries. In any case, you should always inform your supervisor right away if you become injured at work to begin a workers’ compensation case. Your workplace may require you to visit an approved company physician before you are able to visit your own. Keep all documentation from medical visits and create copies for yourself should any questions arise during the claim process. Stay in close contact with your HR department to keep the process moving, and ensure you concentrate on your own health and wellbeing so you are able to return to work as quickly and safely as possible. 

If you are in need of an orthopedic doctor to complete your workers’ compensation claim, contact us to make an appointment. Be sure to bring any necessary paperwork with you for our doctor to complete.

Workplace Injury FAQs

How many workplace injuries occur each year?

Millions of people are affected by workplace injuries and illnesses every year. Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2018, there were a total of 2.8 million reported nonfatal injuries and illnesses.

What are repetitive work injuries?

Repetitive work injuries can include conditions like tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and bursitis. While these are not life threatening, they can cause quite a bit of pain and result in a reduction in productivity. Consult with your company’s HR department to determine if these injuries may be covered by your workers’ compensation program.

What jobs have the highest rate of work injuries?

The jobs with the most work injuries resulting in time off include:

  • Service (i.e. police officers, firefighters)
  • Transportation and shipping
  • Manufacturing and production
  • Installation, maintenance and repair
  • Construction