Chiropractic in the Workplace (Workers Compensation)
After headaches and colds, musculoskeletal conditions are the most common reason for taking time off work, and as such, musculoskeletal problems are big contributors to LTI’s. Our musculoskeletal system is not designed to spend long time periods sitting at desks, or repetitively maneuvering weight – both common features of many workplaces.
The main aims of any individual responsible for reducing Workers Compensation expenditure are:
1) To coordinate the timely management of a workers injury, in an effort to avoid future claim lodgment and;
2) To reduce the frequency & duration of LTI’s.
For early intervention of workplace injuries to be successful, timing is everything. The brief grace-period between the point an injury occurs, and the lodgement of a workers compensation claim provides the opportunity to utilize injury management to ‘manage out an injury’. Doing so does require commitment and investment – but, as you can appreciate, if the need to lodge a formal claim is eliminated – considerable cost savings can be made.
Despite the capacity to treat a wide array of injuries to all extremities, Chiropractors are rarely utilized by commercial bodies in Western Australia. Every week numerous members of the general public access the services of a Chiropractor with satisfying results – yet when it comes to workplace injuries, other disciplines are almost always prioritized ahead of Chiropractic. Chiropractic is often thought of as a last resort where other disciplines don’t work or simply provide a band-aid to the cause itself.
We have all come across at least one person in our lives who want us to try ‘their Chiropractor’. First-time patients who have put up with long term discomfort often leave a Chiropractic clinic surprised at the treatment’s effectiveness. This sense of surprise often exists because of the individual’s misconceptions or habits, or simply having never considered Chiropractic.
There is no reason why the same result can’t be achieved in an industrial context; particularly as organisations are becoming more and more conscious about the benefits of proactive risk management, safety and injury prevention. All that is really required, is for organisations to stop – and take the time to consider all their options for injury management.
Utilizing a Chiropractor for manual handling injuries, will enable the treatment of symptoms as soon as they arise, before an injury becomes incapacitating. Specifically, enabling a worker to seek treatment for ‘stiffness’ or ‘reduced mobility ‘ rather than waiting for actual pain, will halt the development of an injury.
Chiropractors not only treat acute symptoms, they are also adept at locating areas of weakness that are generally undetectable to patients which, if left untreated can develop through everyday normal activities like sitting, sleeping or twisting. Such indicators are present in many parts of the body, typically existing as bio-mechanically dysfunctional joints which, for example, could involve lower back dysfunction presentable as a twisted pelvis with uneven leg length.
Contact your local Chiropractor today, and ask them how they can become more involved in reducing your Workers Compensation expenses.