When you’re working, you know that there are some risks. If you’re doing repetitive movements or you’re lifting heavy objects, you could get hurt. Whether you slip and fall or get into another kind of accident, you could end up with a neck injury.
Neck injuries come in many forms, but they’re common among workers. What kinds of neck injuries are most common? It depends on the field, but some of the most common neck injuries seen from workplace accidents include:
- Bulging discs.
- Disc ruptures.
- Neck spasms.
- Herniated discs.
While neck injuries from accidents are often traumatic injuries, there are others that are linked to repetitive strain and stress. For those, there are potential preventative steps you can take, such as using good posture, purchasing an ergonomic desk or seat and taking regular breaks to move around and stretch.
What do you need to do if you injure your neck on the job?
If you hurt your neck while you’re at work, it is important for you to let your employer know as soon as possible. During the early stages of an injury, seeking emergency medical care may help you reduce the likelihood of longer-term injuries and complications. By seeking treatment sooner, you may be able to reduce inflammation or get medications to help your neck recover.
From braces to surgeries, there are many ways to treat neck injuries, but the first step is to get a diagnosis. Talk to your employer if you’ve been hurt and tell them that you want to seek medical care. After you report your injury, go to the hospital (or report your injury afterward in an emergency). When you speak with your employer again, you can focus on starting a workers’ compensation claim, so you can get your medical care covered by your insurance provider.
Workers’ compensation should also cover a portion of your lost wages if you have to stay off work while you recover, and it has some other helpful benefits as well. It’s well worth looking into it if you have been injured and can link your injury to the workplace.