Determining Loss of Function or Mobility After Workplace Accidents
Every year, thousands of workers are the victims of workplace accident. You may even have suffered a small one yourself. If you have, it’s best to obtain medical help as soon as possible. This can help prevent permanent damage to your health. You will also be able to determine the extent of the damage, which will be helpful in future legal cases or for figuring out recovery time.
Advanced Spine and Posture is ready to help you rehabilitate from a workplace accident. We’re your experts in chiropractic care in Las Vegas, NV, with years of experience in helping workers who have suffered in an accident.
Investigating the severity of your workplace injury
You should be on the lookout for the following symptoms to determine the severity of your workplace accident injury:
- Loss of spinal motion: This is often related to muscle spasms or muscle guarding. This major issue can cause problems with your central nervous system. To qualify as loss of spinal motion, a medical professional will determine if you’re able to bend, flex, extend, or rotate appropriately.
- Reflex abnormalities: Upon repeated testing, the limbs demonstrate asymmetry in reflexes. This can be a sign of corticospinal tract involvement, which means that nerve signals terminate in either the cerebral cortex or the brainstem, resulting in poor reflexes.
- Muscle spasms: Involuntary muscle movement associated with an acute spinal injury. Often the muscle contraction is a result of compensation for an injury elsewhere in the body. Muscle guarding is similar but involves muscle contraction that minimizes agitation to damaged tissue.
- Sciatic nerve root tension: This condition is most common in patients with a herniated lumbar disc. To determine this, most medical professionals use a straight-leg raising test. The patient sits in a chair and attempts to straighten the leg at the knee. The physician then records the degree of elevation at which pain occurs.
- Loss of sensation or weakness: This is often accompanied by muscle atrophy. To be determined valid, the sensation must stem from a single spinal nerve that affects motor skills.
- Shooting pain, burning sensation, tingling: These are also known as non-verifiable radicular complaints. Although these conditions may be painful, there is no objective way to determine nerve damage from these symptoms, such as diminished sensation or reflexes.
If you’ve suffered a workplace accident, chiropractic care could be an effective way to restore spinal health. This is crucial because any small misalignment in the spine can have a significant impact on your central nervous system, as well as posture, muscle strength, or even balance.
If you’ve slipped and fallen or found yourself at the mercy of an accident, trust the team at Advanced Spine and Posture in Las Vegas, NV to help get you back on track for a pain-free life. Depending on the severity of your accident you may never get back to 100% mobility or range of motion, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try to recoup to the fullest!
We use Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), a research-proven program that provides a treatment plan as unique as your spine. We’ll work with you to maximize your spinal rehabilitation, so you can focus on rebuilding strength, balance, coordination, or anything else that was disrupted by your incident. Call us today to schedule a consultation.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.