3 kinds of orthopedic injuries commonly suffered in the workplace

On Behalf of | Apr 4, 2023 | Workplace Injuries

When most people think about orthopedic injuries, they usually picture breaking a bone. Of course, fractures are among the most common orthopedic injuries, but others don’t involve breaking a bone.

Since most occupations involve movement, orthopedic injuries are a risk in many industries, from health care to waste collection. Learning more about orthopedic injuries is an excellent way to avoid suffering harm while working. Let’s look at a few types of orthopedic injuries.

Reaction injuries

Reaction injuries occur when workers react (or overreact) to an environmental hazard or threat. For example, if you feel yourself slipping as you walk, your body will react suddenly to prevent injury. Unfortunately, overreacting to perceived danger can cause even more physical harm.

Motion injuries

You have probably heard about carpal tunnel syndrome, but did you know it is an orthopedic injury? Administrative and clerical occupations are famous for causing repetitive motion injuries, but they can occur in any job requiring employees to make the same movements repeatedly. Untreated, motion injuries and trauma continue to worsen.

Overexertion injuries

If you work your body too hard, it will punish you sooner or later. Overexertion resulting in injury is responsible for many workers’ compensation claims. They arise from pushing your body past its limits when:

  • Lifting
  • Pulling
  • Pushing
  • Throwing
  • Carrying

Overexertion injuries require healing before you can return to your normal work routine.

It is unwise to ignore signs that you have suffered an orthopedic injury in the workplace. Without rest and medical care, such injuries are not likely to improve and could eventually limit your ability to work.

You have the right to workers’ compensation benefits after an occupational injury takes you from your job. If your claim is denied or you encounter resistance from your boss or their insurer, legal guidance can lead to a solution.