Are job injuries affecting you?
You’re not alone – millions of people are suffering from all types of job injuries ranging from the stress of working in a bad position to improper lifting or carrying, to falls and other trauma.
Among the most common “on the job” injuries is spinal injury. It’s one of the reasons why 85% of the population will experience disabling low back pain at least once during their lives! That’s almost all of us. Thus increasing the amount of job injuries reported and time lost at work. According to researchers, 6.8% of the U.S. adult population is suffering from an episode of back pain lasting more than two weeks, with the estimated cost of lower back problems in the U.S. being over $50 billion a year. Which increases due to job injuries.
Workers’ compensation plans reveal that more than twice as many claims involving job injuries are filed for back “sprains and strains” than any other category of injury. Although 30% of all claims are for back problems, the chronic (long-term) nature of these conditions gives rise to 60% of all compensation paid.
Standard Medical Approach
The standard medical approach to job injuries related to back pain varies depending on the severity of the condition. Usually muscle relaxers, painkillers and rest are prescribed sometimes in conjunction with traction, diathermy, ultrasound, hot packs, cold packs and other procedures.
Surgery may be resorted to if all else fails. This medical approach to job injuries is at times necessary. Surgery, however, has its attendant problems. According to some studies, more than half of all spinal surgery for lower back problems should never have been performed. Many people who have had back surgery report a recurrence of their symptoms within a year or two of the operation and may return to the operating table. While in other cases, it does give long-term relief.
Chiropractic has been a blessing to millions with job injury related back problems, often saving them from pain, disability, drugs and surgery. And yet chiropractic is not a treatment for back problems. The chiropractor’s job is to make the spine healthier by correcting vertebral subluxations and relieving spinal nerve damage. This may make the difference between health and disability, comfort and pain.
What Do Workers’ Compensation Studies Reveal?
Claims from 10,000 job injuries cases (1985-86) showed: under standard medical care the patient was disabled for 59 days; under chiropractic: 39 days. Because of the shortened disability time, the average cost of chiropractic care was less than half that of medical care for the same conditions.
A study of 3,062 job injury cases involving the back revealed chiropractic cost a fraction of what medical care would have cost. People under medical care returned to work after 21 days; those under chiropractic returned to work after 3 days.
A study revealed that under medical care 41% could return to work after one week, but under chiropractic care 82% were able to return to work after one week.
C. Richard Wolf, M.D. compared 500 people sent to medical doctors and 500 sent to chiropractors. The chiropractic patients returned to the job after 15.6 days while those under medical care remained disabled 32 days.