Suffolk Spine & Joint Medical
Mike M. Pappas, D.O.
Physiatrist & Sports Medicine and Pain Management Specialist located in Riverhead, NY & Northport, NY
There were 2.8 million workplace injuries in 2017, which is a rate of 2.8 for every 100 full-time workers. If you’ve been injured on the job, Mike M. Pappas, DO, specializes in workers’ comp cases at Suffolk Spine and Joint Medical’s three locations in Riverhead, Northport, and Ronkonkoma, New York. From neck and back injuries to shoulder problems, Dr. Pappas can help you better negotiate your work-related injury. To learn more, call one of the offices or use the online scheduling tool.
Work Related Injuries
What are the most common work-related injuries?
Of the 2.8 million work-related injuries in 2017, almost 900,000 lead to missed days of work — eight days, on average. While workplace injuries are often associated with more physical jobs, such as construction, the fact is that work-related injuries can strike people in the corner office just as frequently as those operating heavy equipment.
The most common work-related injuries include:
Lifting and lowering
If you spend your days hauling or stacking heavy boxes, your risk of sustaining an injury due to overexertion is high. But even lifting a box of heavy copy paper can lead to an injury.
Struck by falling objects
Here again, if you work in a warehouse with teetering boxes, your odds are higher of being struck by a heavy object. That said, objects fall in every location, so no one is immune to this type of injury.
Slips and falls
Slips and falls are part and parcel of any workplace, from greasy workshops to offices filled with a web of computer cords.
If you engage in an occupation that overtaxes a specific area on your body, you’re susceptible to repetitive use injuries, such as tendinitis or carpal tunnel syndrome.
Of course, there are many other ways you can harm yourself on the job, but these provide an idea of the scope of work-related injuries.
How are work-related injuries diagnosed and treated?
This question is a tough one given the sheer variety of accidents and problems that can arise during the course of your workday. If you sustain a work-related injury, you should first report it to your supervisor, and then give Dr. Pappas a call. When you come in, he reviews your symptoms and your medical history and then conducts a full examination, which may include diagnostic imaging, such as X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans.
Once Dr. Pappas has a better idea of the extent of your work-related injury, he comes up with an appropriate treatment plan for your unique situation.
Dr. Pappas uses a conservative approach to most injuries, which precludes surgery. If your case is surgical, he refers you to the appropriate specialist.
Do you handle workers’ comp?
Yes. Dr. Pappas is familiar with the ins and outs of work-related injuries and workers’ compensation protocol, and he works with you, your employer, and the insurance company for the best outcome possible.
To get the best care for work-related injuries, call Suffolk Spine and Joint Medical, or use the online booking tool.