Work Injury Specialist

Woodbury Spine  -  - Orthopaedic Spine Specialist

Woodbury Spine

Orthopaedic Spine Specialists & Orthopaedic Spine Surgeons located in Woodbury, NJ

Workplace safety has come a long way over the years, but accidents can still happen. If you suffer a work injury to your back or neck, orthopedic spine specialist Evan O'Brien, MD, and Chris Hennessey, PA, at Woodbury Spine in Woodbury, New Jersey, can help. They provide expert diagnosis and treatment for work injuries and have authorization from the New Jersey Division of Workers' Compensation to treat workers' comp claimants. To find out more, call Woodbury Spine, or book an appointment online today.

Work Injury Q & A

How would a work injury occur?

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Work injuries could occur for numerous reasons as you go about your daily tasks. Some of the more likely ways to incur a work injury include:

  • Trips and falls
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Excessive or incorrect lifting
  • Pushing and pulling
  • Holding, carrying, and throwing
  • Collisions with structures or objects
  • Crush injuries

Most work injuries result in damage to the neck, lower back, or joints. Spinal injuries, fractures, and dislocations are some of the more serious types of injuries you could experience at work.

What should I do if I sustain a work injury?

If you suffer a work injury, you need to report the incident and make sure your supervisor records it correctly. Even if you don't think your injury is anything to worry about, it could develop into something more serious that may be subject to a compensation claim.

If you require treatment for your work injury, you need to choose a provider like Dr. O'Brien at Woodbury Spine with authorization from the New Jersey Division of Workers' Compensation. Dr. O'Brien has considerable experience in treating work injuries and managing patients' workers’ comp claims.

What is workers' compensation?

Workers' compensation, or workers’ comp, is insurance that provides you with an income if you get sick because of your job or suffer a work injury. Your employer contributes to a fund that pays for workers' comp, and every state has a workers' compensation board that administers claims and payments.

You're entitled to workers' comp regardless of whether your injury is a result of yours or anyone else's negligence. The only situations where you wouldn't get workers' comp are those where your injury took place while you were affected by drugs or alcohol, or you deliberately caused harm.

What treatments might I need for a work injury?

The treatment Dr. O'Brien recommends for your work injury depends on the type of injury, its severity, and factors like your age and activity levels. Dr. O'Brien conducts a comprehensive physical exam and assessment before preparing your treatment program.

Approaches that might be effective for a work injury include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Medications
  • Steroid injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Work hardening programs
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Neurostimulator or spinal cord stimulator implantation
  • Intrathecal pain pump implantation

If these treatments are unsuitable or ineffective for your work injury, Dr. O'Brien is also highly skilled in carrying out a range of spine surgeries.

To find out more about getting the appropriate treatment for your work injury, call Woodbury Spine today or book an appointment online.