Many people have heard of tennis elbow, but few people really understand what it is. Many also assume you can only get it from playing tennis, but that is not true at all. In fact, many people who work in an office, in trade jobs, or even in supermarkets and other establishments are often diagnosed with tennis elbow. If you develop tennis elbow, you will feel pain when moving your forearm. This pain can spread and, if untreated, may result in feeling pain from your shoulder to your wrist.
What Causes Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow is caused by making repetitive motions with the elbow and arm. When you overuse the muscles in the forearm, they become strained. The tissue in the tendons can even tear, making it incredibly painful to move the arm. This condition gets its name because tennis requires players to move their elbow often. Certain movements, especially the backhand, place a lot of stress on the muscles and tendons in the forearm.
Who Is at Risk of Developing Tennis Elbow?
You can develop tennis elbow without ever playing tennis. All you need is a job that requires you to make similar types of movements. For example, plumbers may develop tennis elbow while performing maintenance on drains. The repeated use of a computer mouse can also cause tennis elbow, as can painting, chopping meat, and driving screws into components.
In addition to your occupation, there are a few different risk factors. While anyone can develop tennis elbow, it is more typically found in those over age 30. Another issue for those playing tennis and other sports is their technique. If you use sloppy or poor technique, you run the risk of injuring yourself more easily than if you use proper, well-developed techniques.
Treating Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow is typically treated with rest. Generally, once you rest the arm, it will heal up on its own. You may need to take some over-the-counter pain medication to deal with the ache, but you shouldn’t need anything more.
Advanced cases of tennis elbow can be treated by physical therapy. You will do some exercises to help strengthen the forearm muscles, and you may need to wear a brace to help reduce the amount of stress on your arm. In rare cases, surgery can be an option.
Want to learn more about physical therapy for tennis elbow? The team at Maximum Orthopedics can help you treat this condition and many others. Contact us today to learn more.
Posted on: Mar 29 2021
If you were involved in an injury at work that didn’t require an ambulance or even a trip to the ER, you may have booked an appointment with your primary care physician for an evaluation. It’s always a good idea to see a doctor after being hurt while on the job, even if you don’t seem to be that badly injured. However, while it’s fine to see your doctor, you also need to seek out a medical professional who specializes in workers’ comp claims. Visiting with one of these workers’ comp doctors can be very helpful in several ways.
They Understand Common Workers’ Comp Injuries
While your doctor may have a general understanding about many different types of injuries, they likely aren’t an expert in common workers’ comp injuries. They may not know exactly what to look for beyond the basic and immediate issues. This can lead to an undiagnosed injury that doesn’t start to bother you for weeks, months, or even years. By then, it’s too late to make a workers’ comp claim, which means you won’t receive any compensation or help with medical bills.
They Can Help with Paperwork
Workers’ comp experts also understand the paperwork involved in a claim. They can assist you in filling it out and provide reports that include all of the necessary information. A lack of specific information or entire reports can hold up your claim for days, so it’s always important to get this information as soon as you can and submit it through the proper channels. A doctor with years of experience in workers’ comp cases will be able to do just that.
They Are Certified by Your Employer’s Workers’ Comp Insurance
You are limited in what doctors you can see in a workers’ comp case because you can only be evaluated by a doctor authorized by your employer’s workers’ comp insurance company. This means they may not be willing to let you see your doctor. Of course, if it’s a life-threatening emergency, you are certainly allowed to seek medical attention, but in other circumstances, you may need to see a specific workers’ comp expert.
If you need to see a workers’ comp doctor who can help you with your case, the team at Maximum Orthopedics is here for you. Contact us today to make an appointment.
Posted on: Mar 15 2021
Ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft are very convenient and affordable, and many people use them every day. But what happens if your driver gets in an auto accident while you’re a passenger? If you’ve been in such an accident, you need to know what to do to ensure that you receive the compensation you’re due, especially if you were injured.
The Service Has Liability Insurance
While your driver will have their own auto insurance, the ride-sharing service will also insure them through its own policy. This means if the driver’s insurance won’t pay for your injuries, the company’s insurance might. However, the service’s insurance doesn’t always apply. For example, if you are friends with an Uber driver and they are giving you a ride as a friend, Uber’s insurance won’t cover you. The driver has to be working for the service, and you have to be a paying passenger in order to be covered.
You Need to Call the Ride-Share Company as Soon as You Can
You need to call the ride-sharing company as soon as you can after the accident. In fact, call them at the site of the accident if you possibly can. Yes, your driver is likely required to call, too, but you need to make a separate call as the passenger. Be certain to get the name of the person who answers and give them your contact information.
Remember, however, that these representatives are also looking out for the service, so don’t say anything that could hurt your case. If they ask if you are injured, for example, don’t say no. Instead tell them that you need to be examined by a medical expert before you can answer. If you say no, they may try to deny compensation for any injuries you have.
These Cases Are Complicated
Ride-share cases are complicated, especially since they typically revolve around divided responsibility. This means that the driver may pay some of the damages, but the service may pay, too. Of course, both may try to avoid taking on any of the blame. One way to ensure you get the compensation you’re due is by having a medical expert who is familiar with auto accidents examine you. The team here at Maximum Orthopedics is made up of such experts. Contact us today to make an appointment.
Posted on: Feb 26 2021
While it’s true that many worker’s comp injuries happen in industries such as construction or manufacturing, that doesn’t mean those who work in an office never suffer these types of accidents. There are a number of ways you can get hurt in an office setting. If you are aware of these common injuries, you can reduce your risk of injuring yourself. Here are some injuries that an occur in an office.
Slip and Fall Accidents
You can slip and fall anywhere, but there are some things in an office setting that can make it more likely. First, tile floors that have been freshly mopped are slippery. While your office’s cleaning crew is unlikely to mop areas that are in use during the day, they may have to clean the bathrooms or mop up spills. Always keep an eye out for a sign stating that the floor is wet.
Also watch for cords stretching across the floor. You should never run an extension cord or other cable across a walkway if at all possible. Even if the cable is flat on the ground, it can still result in a fall.
Items Falling from Shelves
Another common accident is being hit on the head with falling items. Your supply closet may have boxes of supplies stored on the top shelves that could fall if you bump the shelf or if you try to get the box down without a ladder. Always be careful when reaching for items above your head, and get help if you know a box is fairly heavy.
Most people don’t think of carpal tunnel as a worker’s comp injury, but it can be. If you work on a computer all day or do work that requires you to make repetitive motions with your arms and hands, you are at risk of developing carpal tunnel. You can prevent this by taking regular breaks and doing wrist exercises.
If you have been in a worker’s comp accident at the office and need someone to assist you with the paperwork, Maximum Orthopedics can help. Contact us today to make an appointment to discuss your case.
Posted on: Feb 15 2021
If you are taking pain medication, you may be concerned about becoming addicted or dependent on it. This is a valid concern, especially if you know you have addictive tendencies or have a family history that includes addiction. If you believe you are starting to become dependent on your pain medication, here are some steps to take.
Signs You Are Becoming Dependent
If you believe you’re starting to become dependent on a medication, there are a few different signs to look for. Do you feel a craving for the medication? If you delay taking it for an hour or so, do you feel any effects? Another sign is that you feel the need to take your pain medication more often than instructed or you want to take more than you should.
Call Your Doctor
Immediately call your doctor if you believe you’re starting to become addicted to your pain medication or any type of medication. If you can’t talk to your doctor right away, ask to speak to a nurse or your doctor’s assistant. Call 911 if you believe you have overdosed or if you are experiencing dangerous symptoms.
Return to Following Your Doctor’s Directions
While your instinct may be to stop taking the pain medication immediately, that can cause further problems. Stopping some medication cold turkey can be dangerous. Instead of stopping, do your best to return to taking the medication as instructed until you can reach your doctor.
If you are concerned about becoming dependent on a medication or already have, talk to your doctor about alternatives. While pain medication may be easy and convenient, it’s often not the best option for managing or reducing the amount of pain you’re in. There may be some exercises that will help your body build up injured muscles or that will help take some of the burden off the injured part of your body. Alternative treatment options such as chiropractic care may also help.
If you need to discuss these alternative options or if you believe you’re starting to become dependent on pain medication, the team at Maximum Orthopedics can help. Contact us today to make an appointment.
Posted on: Jan 25 2021
While dealing with workers’ comp claims is often a necessity for business owners, the best option is to never have those cases come up at all. You may not be able to completely avoid dealing with workers’ comp claims, but you can do a lot to reduce the chance of accidents occurring. Here are some preventative care tips you should share with your employees to help them remain healthy and avoid injury.
It’s important that your employees take regular breaks throughout the day, especially if they do repetitive tasks that could damage their hands, wrists, or arms. Taking breaks helps reduce the chance of chronic issues such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow. It’s also important that employees take breaks from looking at their computer monitors to relax their eyes. This helps reduce the risk of headache and eyestrain. Taking regular breaks also helps with mental strain and has been shown to improve productivity.
Get Up and Move Around
In addition to taking breaks, your employees need to get up and move around. Stretching, walking, and in general simply moving helps reduce the risk of a wide number of diseases and other issues. In terms of workers’ comp, moving around helps keep the muscles loose and warm. This, in turn, helps reduce the risk of an accident due to a muscle cramp or other issue.
Create a Safety Program
A safety program will help your employees learn to recognize the routine risks they will face during their regular workday. Your safety program should identify health risks that can be removed or reduced as well as teach employees how to protect themselves. This program should also put standards in place to ensure that equipment is maintained and that procedures are followed. Train your employees regularly on these standards and provide reinforcement training at least every year.
Have a Plan in Place for Injuries
While you can’t prevent all injuries, you can and should have a plan in place for handling them. On-the-job injuries can get much worse if they aren’t attended to quickly. Have fully stocked first-aid kits on hand, and check them regularly to make certain they are still stocked and that everything is up-to-date. If you do have an accident, the team here at Maximum Orthopedics is ready to help. We will assist your employees with diagnosing and treating any workers’ comp injury.
Posted on: Jan 15 2021
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected millions of people around the world. Businesses have closed, schools have gone to virtual education, and medical professionals have dealt with overcrowded hospitals and testing centers. If you have continued working at your standard job site and have been exposed to Covid-19, can you file for workers’ comp? After all, there’s a chance you wouldn’t have contracted the coronavirus if you hadn’t been at work. Because the illness is so new and rules were not written with a global pandemic in mind, the answer is, unfortunately, not so clear.
Workers’ Comp Typically Doesn’t Cover Similar Illnesses
In the past, it has been established that workers’ comp doesn’t apply to any illness or disease that is classified as being community-spread. This includes things like the common cold, the flu, and other conditions that could be spread through standard human contact. On the surface, Covid-19 does fall into this category. The argument can be made that you could come into contact with someone contagious at any location and while doing any activity, so it’s not a work-related risk. However, because of the unique circumstances of the pandemic, some employers and states do consider Covid to be an occupational condition that is covered by workers’ comp under certain conditions.
You Must Be Able to Link Your Infection to the Workplace
Like any other type of workers’ comp claim, you have to be able to directly show that you only contracted Covid because you were at work or were performing a work-related duty elsewhere. Because you may not show symptoms of Covid for several days after contracting it, it’s not always easy to know where you were exposed. In some cases, such as medical workers, first responders, and care providers, it may be easy to connect Covid to your job. In other cases, though, you may not be able to do so. In those cases, your workers’ comp claim may be denied.
The Covid-19 pandemic has already created a great amount of stress, especially in those who do have to continue working in jobs that require contact with the public. Knowing that workers’ comp is available to help with medical and other costs can be a relief. If you need assistance in filing your workers’ comp claim, Maximum Orthopedics can help. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Posted on: Dec 23 2020
In many cases, workers’ compensation does cover mental health issues that have arisen as a result of something that occurred at your workplace or during working hours at another location. Like physical injuries, you can make a mental health workers’ comp claim for conditions that were caused by one incident or for conditions that occurred over time.
What Mental Health Conditions Are Covered?
Any type of mental health disorder or condition may be covered by workers’ comp if you can show that there is a direct connection between your work and that condition. For example, if you are in an accident while operating heavy machinery and develop PTSD, you can file a case. You also qualify for workers’ comp if you develop depression over the course of months or years due to your working conditions. Any mental health condition that has been diagnosed by a professional medical expert and can be traced back to your employment can serve as the basis of a workers’ comp claim.
The Difficulty of Proof
However, unlike physical injuries, it is often much harder to prove that your mental health condition is the result of your work, especially when your condition occurred over a period of time. It may be obvious to connect PTSD to an event, but with anxiety or depression, it’s not always as simple to make the connection to your job. You will need to be able to show that stress, your work environment, or other conditions directly led to the mental health disorder you’re experiencing.
While you may have a mental health expert on your side, co-worker testimonials, and information on incidents and on your work environment, it can still be difficult to prove. Unfortunately, the burden of proof is on you as the claimant, so you will need to be prepared for a difficult battle. This is why it’s important to begin documenting events, visiting with a mental health expert, and talking to your employer about how to change the situation for the better.
If you do decide you need to file a workers’ comp claim for a mental health condition, don’t be too discouraged. It will likely be a hard fight, but many people do win. If you have experts like the team at Maximum Orthopedics on your side, it will be easier. Contact us today to set up a free consultation.
Posted on: Dec 15 2020
Most people turn to over-the-counter pain relievers and other medication at the first sign of pain. In many cases, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or naproxen is enough to deal with minor aches, pains, and inflammation. However, these over-the-counter medications are far from a cure-all, and they are not meant to manage pain long-term or even more than the very short-term. Here are signs that you need to stop taking these medications and seek medical attention for your condition or to manage your pain.
The Pain Gets Worse
If your pain continues at the same level or gets progressively worse over the course of several days, your first instinct may be to take more over-the-counter medication. However, this can be dangerous, especially if you take more than the recommended dose. Worsening pain is a sign that you have an injury that is not healing on its own or other condition that is going to require something more than temporary pain relief.
The Pain Continues for More than a Few Days
If taking medication doesn’t make the pain go away, even if it lessens, you should seek medical attention. Pain is the body’s way of alerting you that something is not right, and if that pain is continuing, it means the problem is still there. You may need physical therapy, surgery, or other treatment before you will be pain-free. In some cases, you may be dealing with chronic pain. If that’s the case, you will need ways of managing the pain that does not rely on over-the-counter medications.
You Begin Experiencing Additional Pain or Symptoms
If you start experiencing pain in other parts of your body or symptoms such as vomiting blood or having issues breathing, you need to stop taking the over-the-counter medication and get help. Some of these symptoms could be signs that you have taken too much of the medication or that it’s interacting with other medications you take. In some cases, over-the-counter medication could make a condition worse. You may not even know you have this condition until symptoms appear.
Need help treating your chronic pain or diagnosing the cause of it? Contact Maximum Orthopedics today to schedule an appointment.
Posted on: Nov 25 2020
If you have developed a pain in your wrist and hand that continues for more than several days, it could be carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition occurs by overworking the wrists, and those who work on the computer or who have jobs that require them to make repetitive hand movements often develop it. Early on, you can treat carpal tunnel by wearing a wrist brace, taking over-the-counter medication, and changing your work habits. However, many people find that they need surgery to truly alleviate the pain. The good news is that workers’ comp does cover carpal tunnel if you can show that you developed it on the job.
The Process of Applying for Workers’ Comp for Carpal Tunnel
When you first believe you may be suffering from carpal tunnel, you should notify your employer. Let them know even if you don’t have an official diagnosis yet because it’s important to document the entire process. You will need to let them know when you first began experiencing symptoms, too. After that is done, you will need to have the condition officially diagnosed and submit the appropriate paperwork to begin the workers’ comp process.
What Can Make the Process More Difficult?
Your employer’s workers’ comp insurance company is going to want to deny your claim, as they typically want to deny as many claims as possible to save them money. For carpal tunnel, this means they will be looking for anything they can use to show that your condition developed as the result of something you did outside of work. You will want to talk to your doctor about these activities and ask them what the likely primary cause of your carpal tunnel is.
The good news is that it’s often easy to see that work is that main cause because you engage in work-related activities 40 hours a week. It’s not likely that you do anything else as often. However, don’t hide any hobbies or other activities you do. If it comes out that you were attempting to hide activities that many have impacted your workers’ comp claim, it can result in your claim being dismissed.
Another way of making your claim pass through the system more quickly is to have an experienced workers’ comp doctor on your side. The team at Maximum Orthopedics has years of working with employees, and we can help you, too. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Posted on: Nov 15 2020