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The injuries listed below are just some of the most common types of workplace injuries that can happen while on the job. While most of these injuries are considered accidents, there are some things you can do to prevent them.
Some incidents can also be avoided with proper training, equipment, and tools while others can simply be avoided by paying close attention to surroundings.
What Patients Are Saying
Everyone at the office is so friendly and helpful.
From Sabrina at the front desk, to Esther, the nurse practitioner who we saw for the appointment, everyone was professional and courteous.
- Maria D.
After transitioning from a pain and spine doctor in Columbia, MD.. The intake staff member at Pain and Spine Specialist made the scheduling a breeze. They were able to get me in within a week.
- Rashawn JJ
I've been going to the office for at least a year now. Never have I had a poor visit. Staff are friendly, caring and compassionate. All the doctors / NP are Amazing. They actually care about each patients health.
- Debbie Lang
This is an office that exceeded my expectations. The doctor was a good listener and I was impressed with understanding of my pain and symptoms. Highly recommend!!! - Pain and Spine Specialists of Mount Airy.
- Jeanne Wagener
This practice- every member - has been exceptional in helping me to manage sever spinal stenosis. Every care provider ( and I’ve seen most over 3 years) listens carefully and works with me to seek the best treatment modalities.
- Eileen M
My medications are on point and my new injections are awesome! I get my 2nd injection on September 2nd and I can't wait! I couldn't ask for a better doctor than my doctor! I'm very happy with my treatment plan.
- Janeen R
All the people at the practice are very helpful and considerate. Dr. Gandhi listens to what you have to say and then makes his decision on how to proceed with care. Not a lot of doctors today do this so it's a welcomed change.
- Ken S.
I didn't feel judged or anything because I was trying to get help for my back pain. I had a very pleasant experience there to my surprise honestly. I would recommend this office to anyone who experiences severe pain.
- Heather D
Dr. Roa is such an amazing doctor! During my first visit he never tried to rush through my appt., he genuinely listened to all my concerns and then took his time to explain to me in detail all his recommendations and how they would help me.
- Nikki Walker
Always friendly, courteous, and efficient service. From the ladies, who work the front desk, to the nurses and the doctors. I've always had a good experience with the Harrisonburg office in Virginia.
- Krystal Shaffer
I have now been with Dr. Rao for 13 years. He is the most caring Doctor I have ever been to! Dr. Rao makes you feel very comfortable at all times. I would not want to go to any other Doctor... I go to the Hagerstown location, everyone is very nice
- Theresa R.
The entire staff from the folks at the front desk to the Nurse, to the Physicians Assistant to the scribe that records the visit for the doctor - (great idea so the Doctor can focus on the patient!!!)
- NVA F.
Insurance companies can make things complicated. Regardless, I have been treated by Dr. Rao for over 7 years. I receive the utmost respect. Office personnel are caring and friendly. This practice is highly respected.
- Heidi B.
Completely the best care you could want the staff is so pleasant and caring and the doctors have true heart for healing, love being a patient here would give 10 stars if I could & absolutely the most caring during my procedure with Dr B
- Cathern C.
I had been feeling ick and had a fever. I switched to a virtual appointment and was approved. It was wonderful getting to chat and talk about my concerns just as if I was there... A seamless and easy way to be seen if Covid is around.
- HeatherAnn L
They scheduled my appointment very quickly so that I can get to help that I needed immediately instead of like most places having to wait two to three weeks to get in I called and was able to be seen the next day
- John H.
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The workplace of the United States has, generally, become safer over the past century and the rates of injury, disease, and death have decreased overall. With government regulation (i.e. work safety laws and OSHA), worker advocacy, automation, better health and safety training, improved equipment, and much more have led to advances in the workplace that create a safer environment than that of the Industrial Revolution. However, accidents still happen and people can become seriously injured, to the point of permanent disability.
Certain industries are still considered hazardous by today’s standards. The top five hazardous industries are mining, construction, agriculture, transportation, and ship-breaking. Even typical office jobs, which involve sitting at a desk all day, can lead to injuries.
If you have been injured while at work then you should seek medical attention. For serious injuries that require immediate care, go to a local urgent care or emergency room. Slips, trips, and falls are some of the most common types of injuries that occur in the workplace. These injuries can range in severity and might lead to chronic pain. A pain management doctor can properly track your pain to give you the best plan of care that is tailored to your individual needs. For optimal results, be sure to follow your physician’s instructions and recommendations and follow up with them as needed.
If possible, only return to work when you are ready to help minimize exacerbating your injury and prolonging the recovery period. Going back before you are ready or your doctor gives the okay can lead to re-injury or making your existing injury worse. If you have any concerns about your injury and returning to work, please talk with our pain management staff to receive guidance and get answers to any questions you may have.
Spinal injuries may require additional treatment to prevent long-term damage or chronic pain.
Work-related injuries can be expensive, especially if workers compensation is not going to cover all of the costs, and can create long-term issues, such as chronic pain or a reduced ability to work. To lower your chances of being involved in an accident at work that could result in injury, there are certain practices you can and should always engage in when at work.
- Participate in all work trainings to receive the proper knowledge of how to operate equipment safely and perform all other work functions with minimized risk.
- With overextension injuries, which include those from the improper lifting of heavy objects, repetitive movement with no breaks, and continuous typing with improper technique, being a top reason people get hurt it is important to be cautious in how you move your body and take things slowly when possible. Also, take breaks and sit, if you’re on your feet all day, as often as you can and work laws guarantee so you can rest your body and give it the opportunity to recover. If you are in an office job then it is good to get up and move every so often and do some stretches.
- Slips and falls are another big reason for injuries, so be aware of your surroundings and how you’re moving around.
- Report anything you see that could be hazardous or you know is a safety issue.
- Dress appropriately (with PPE as needed) so that no loose clothing can get snagged or chemicals can hurt you.
Of course, you do not have control over when accidents occur, but it is best to take any actions to help protect yourself and others.
Our physicians are board certified, and are dedicated to giving you a comprehensive exam that will aid in diagnosing the cause of your symptoms. Using advanced diagnostic techniques, our pain specialists will find out the reason for your pain, and then get you on the road to better health right away. Here are a few steps our physicians use when completing their comprehensive exams:
We take your complete medical history to identify or rule out possible causes of your pain and numbness
We conduct a thorough physical exam
We carefully review your symptoms, including how you would describe the pain (burning, achy, dull, etc.) and whether certain positions or activities make the pain feel better or worse
We may order diagnostic tests, including spine x-ray, bone density test, CT scan or MRI, to help us diagnose your chronic pain
Once we have an accurate diagnosis, we will work together with you to create a treatment plan that will effectively address your injuries and chronic pain.
Treatments we offer for work-related injuries include:
If you would like more information about work-related injury treatments or our back pain specialists, please call Pain and Spine Specialists and speak to our dedicated team to improve the quality of your life. You can call (301) 895-0957 (Maryland Locations), (724) 213-8925 (Pennsylvania Locations), or (540) 218-2224 (Virginia Locations) and schedule an appointment today.
We believe that comprehensive treatment to chronic pain is the only way to provide the greatest opportunity for long-term benefit and recovery.
Conditions We Treat
Treatment We Offer
- Spinal Cord Stimulation
- Injection Therapies
- Medication Management
- Intrathecal Pumps
- Occipital Nerve Blocks
- Alternative Therapies
- Radio Frequency Ablation
- Trigger Point Injections
- Epidural Steroid Injections
- SGB Injection for PTSD
- MILD (Lumbar Decompression
- Minuteman Spinal Fusion
- Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
- Lumbar Sympathetic Block
- Stellate Ganglion Blocks
At Pain and Spine Specialists, our team of physicians and nurse practitioners are committed to giving you the most effective treatment when treating your pain. We believe that all patients should have access to quality care, and that is why you can find us conveniently located throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
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