Pulled muscles, bruises, sprains, strains and broken bones – these work related injuries can range from being mild or serious, but are always hard to manage at the very least. How do you know when to seek help when you’ve been injured at work? Whether you need to take time off or are just trying to tough it out, either way, you may benefit from professional intervention to help get you back quickly to your best performance.

Work Related Injuries in St Louis

According to the US Department of Labor, overall Missouri reported 2.8 work related injuries, in 2018, for every 100 people in the work force. With more than 1.5 million people employed in St. Louis that same year, it translates to more than 42,000 people who missed work or were put on restricted duties. Each of those individuals likely never imagined they would experience such an injury, and each sought help to get back to work.

When to Seek Help

Everyone is unique, and sometimes it’s hard to know for certain if your injury is serious enough to require reporting and treatment. If you have recently suffered a work related injury, even if you feel like it’s just a minor inconvenience, your best recourse is to seek help immediately. Whether you’ve slipped on a wet floor, miscalculated a step and fallen, pulled a muscle or bumped your head on a cabinet, seeking help right away is your best first step. Some injuries take a while to fully manifest, and waiting until you feel so awful you need to call off a shift, means your doctor may have a more difficult time effectively treating your injury.

Don’t Be a Statistic

Of course, the ideal is to do everything possible to avoid work related injuries in the first place. Each company has its own safety guidelines, and following the rules means fewer injuries you have to deal with later. Whether you’ve done everything right or tried to take a few shortcuts, seeking help right away when you get hurt is the best way to get you back on track quickly.

At Missouri Orthopedic, we’re here to treat any work related injuries from the simple, irritating ones to those that are more serious. If you’ve recently become injured at work, please contact us and we’ll get you back to work as quickly as possible.