SYMPTOMS OF LIFTING INJURIES
If you injure your back or another area of your body through lifting something heavy, you will probably know it right away. You may feel pain, stiffness or muscle spasms immediately and continued symptoms that might continue for several days or for several weeks. For work related lifting injuries, this may mean that you will be unable to perform your typical job duties and may need to file for workmen’s compensation as a result. Ask your manager or human resources representative for more information.
TRADITIONAL TREATMENTS FOR LIFTING INJURIES
A doctor can generally diagnose injuries caused by lifting and may use additional diagnostic tools such as an MRI or an x-ray if a herniated disc is suspected.
In addition, a doctor may prescribe short-term bed rest and anti-inflammatory pain medicine such as ibuprofen to help manage pain. Ice packs may also reduce swelling and pain. You may be prohibited from working or lifting items for a certain amount of time if the issue is caused by work related lifting injuries.
HEALING LIFTING INJURIES THROUGH CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT
While traditional treatment methods may help improve the symptoms of a lifting injury, a skilled chiropractor can help treat the issue and re-align the bones, joints and muscles to shorten the severity of the symptoms and improve the condition of the spine, joints and muscles. This is called spinal manipulation and adjustment.
In addition, hydrotherapy like heat and ice treatments, help reduce pain and swelling and using active release therapy to get tight, tense muscles to relax and release. This can reduce muscle spasms and pain.