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Ways You Can Accidentally Make Your Injuries Worse

If you have been injured, you may want to get back on your feet as soon as you can. It can be frustrating to have to cut down on your physical activities or even spend several days or weeks in bed as you heal. However, not doing this can result in making your injuries worse, even if you don’t intend to do that. Here are a few ways you can accidentally make your injuries worse.

Not Following Your Doctor’s Orders

When you get injured, your doctor is going to give you a list of things you should and should not do. They may also give you medication to take or physical therapy exercises to do regularly. By following these instructions, you will help your body regain its strength and flexibility while avoiding things that will cause further injury. If you ignore any or all of these instructions, you’re likely going to injure yourself further or, at best, make the healing process take longer.

Not Resting

Rest is important to healing. Your body needs you to take it easy when you’ve been hurt. If you have injured your ankle, you need to stay off your feet for a while so the ankle isn’t put under stress. It’s important that you don’t try to do too much right away. If you do, your body may not get the time it needs to repair the damage.

This may include taking a break from your hobbies and from work in the short term. However, resting and rebuilding your body can be a long-term task. You may need to put your normal exercise routine on hold even after you can go back to work and have no trouble doing day-to-day tasks. Instead, you might need to do physical therapy or other special exercises that focus on the injured part of your body. Trying to accelerate your therapy plan or exercise more often may hurt more than it helps.

Not Changing the Habits that Led to Injury

In many cases, your injury was an accident that you couldn’t have anticipated. However, there are some injuries caused by doing something unsafely. If you don’t change these unsafe work habits, you can injure yourself further. For example, not wearing the proper safety gear or failing to take breaks can lead to getting hurt again. Be sure you take all necessary steps to make certain you don’t get hurt again.

Have you been injured and need a trusted doctor? The team at Maximum Orthopedics can help you with physical therapy, workers comp, and more. Contact us today to make an appointment.

  • Posted on: Aug 30 2021
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Does Taking FMLA for a Chronic Injury Prevent Filing Workers Comp?

Workers’ comp laws come into play if you are injured on the job, but that may not be the only benefit that comes into play. FMLA, which is short for the Family Medical Leave Act, provides qualifying employees to take up to 12 weeks off of work for illness, injury, and other specific health issues. FMLA protects your job while giving you the time you may need to recover. The injury that qualifies you for FMLA does not have to have occurred at work. However, it could.

What Does FMLA Cover?

FMLA is a very broad act that covers many different types of injuries. It even includes events such as the birth of a child or the adoption of a young child who needs care. You can also file for FMLA if your spouse, parent, or child has a serious health condition that requires you to take care of them for a short period of time. FMLA can give you time off to attend to an injury or an illness that makes it difficult or impossible to perform your normal job duties.

When FMLA and Workers’ Comp Cross Over

If you have been injured at work and require time off to rest and heal because you cannot do your job without rest, you likely qualify for both workers’ comp and FMLA under the last point mentioned above. You can take FMLA and workers’ comp benefits at the same time. You can also take FMLA time off instead of filing a workers’ comp claim or file a claim without using any FMLA leave.

The Differences Between the Two

The biggest difference between FMLA and workers’ comp is that FMLA is unpaid time off. Your employer can opt to pay you, but they are not required to. However, FMLA does protect your job. Your employer cannot fire you or eliminate your job. They have to continue to employ you in your position or an equivalent one.

Workers’ comp, though, does provide paid leave. However, you can only take workers’ comp leave if you were injured while at work. You will typically receive two-thirds of your normal salary, plus your medical bills will be covered. However, while employers cannot fire you for taking workers’ comp, they can eliminate your position, include you in company-wide layoffs, or even give you a lower position when you return to work.

Need help with a workers’ comp claim or determining which option you should take? Maximum Orthopedics is here to help. Contact us today to set up a free consultation.

  • Posted on: Aug 15 2021
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Filing a Worker’s Comp Claim for Heat Stroke

Heat stroke occurs when you overheat, and it is a major concern for those who work outdoors during the summer in areas where the temperature climbs into the triple digits. If you work in these conditions and suffer from heat stroke, you may be able to file a worker’s comp claim for any medical expenses incurred due to the condition. Heat stroke is a serious medical issue and can result in permanent damage to your organs or even death, so you could be left with lifelong health problems. You may be entitled to substantial compensation if that occurs.

Document the Event

If you do suffer from heat stroke while at work, you will want to fully document what occurred. As soon as you can, write down what you had done for the entire day up to the point of the incident. Write down the environment, describe your location, note the temperature if possible, and include any other detail you can think of. Proving that heat stroke occurred due to your job activities and environment will likely rely on these details.

Does Your Employer Follow Heat Stroke Safety Protocols?

It’s also important to note any heat stroke safety protocols that your employer has in place and document how you followed those protocols. OSHA requires employers to provide breaks, water, and other accommodations to avoid heat stroke. You should have time to adjust to higher temperatures, reduce the amount of heavy labor done during the heat, and take frequent water breaks. Employers also need to provide heat stroke information to their employees, including the common signs of heat stroke and a documented plan for dealing with the condition.

It’s your employer’s responsibility to provide these safety protocols, but it’s also your responsibility to take advantage of them. Make certain you do drink water regularly throughout the day and take breaks. If your employer fails to follow OSHA regulations, you may find it easier to receive worker’s comp for heat stroke. However, if you fail to take these preventative measures, it’s very likely your claim will be denied.

Need help filing your worker’s comp claim? The team at Maximum Orthopedics is here to help. Contact us today to get your case started.

  • Posted on: Jul 27 2021
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Workers’ Comp and Death Benefits

If you die due to an accident related to your job, you want to know that your family is protected. New York workers’ compensation laws do lay out how death benefits are awarded and what your family will receive. Here is some basic information about how New York provides for the families of those who lose their life while on the job.

Who Can Claim Workers’ Comp Death Benefits?

Anyone who is in your immediate family may be able to claim death benefits. This includes your spouse, children, and grandchildren. If you don’t have a family, your parents or even your grandparents can file a claim, as can your siblings. In the event that you have no immediate family, the executor of your estate may be able to file on behalf of the estate.

However, there are some rules in place that limit some of the above people’s eligibility. For example, your children must be under 18 unless they are a full-time student. If they are, the age limit is extended to 23. Otherwise, they are not eligible to claim death benefits unless they are permanently physically disabled and dependent on you. These same rules apply to your grandchildren and siblings. For parents/grandparents, the individual making the claim must be dependent on you.

What Benefits Are Paid Out?

Workers’ comp pays out two different benefits. First, your family will receive a lump sum for funeral expenses. This sum depends on where you live and other factors.

Second, the person who files for your death benefits will receive a monthly payment for as long as they are eligible. This payment is based off of your average weekly wage at the time of your death. There are a number of factors that play a part in how much the survivor receives and for how long. For example, your children will stop receiving payments when they turn 18 (or 23, if they are in college). Your spouse will stop receiving payments if they remarry.

If you would like to learn more about workers’ comp death benefits in New York or need assistance filing a claim, the team here at Maximum Orthopedics can help. We have years of experience assisting clients with workers’ comp claims. Reach out today to schedule an appointment.

  • Posted on: Jul 15 2021
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Basic Physical Therapy Exercises for Knee Injuries

If you have injured your knee, you may find that doing anything other than sitting down can be very painful. Knee injuries can make it hard to walk, climb stairs, or even stand for any period of time. Doing basic physical therapy exercises to help strengthen your knee can help you heal faster and get back to your regular activities. Here are a few of these basic exercises.

Make Sure It’s Safe to Exercise First

However, before you start doing any of these exercises, you want to make certain that they won’t cause even more damage. Talk to your physical therapist about your exercise plan. They will advise you on what exercises will help, what ones you need to avoid, and how much you should exercise in the beginning. If you don’t follow this advice, you could hurt your knee even more.

Leg Raises

One of the simplest exercises to do early on when your knee is still on the weak side is a straight leg raise. This helps to build up the muscles around the knee without putting a lot of strain on it. Simply lie down on the floor, bend your good knee, and put your foot flat on the ground. Left the other leg up, keeping it as straight as you can, until it’s about the same height as your bend leg.

You can also do the prone version of this exercise by lying on your stomach instead of your back. Now left the leg with the injured knee up behind you, again keeping the leg as straight as you can. Hold it in the air for a few seconds, then lower it before repeating. As your leg and knee get stronger, you can start wearing a light ankle weight while doing these exercises.

Calf Raise

Stand behind a chair, sofa, or other support. Raise up on your toes as high as you can, using the support to keep your balance if you need to. Hold the pose for a second or two, then lower yourself back down. Once you’ve reached the point that your knee can take some weight, you can lift one foot off the ground while raising up on your toes.

These are just a few basic exercises for your knees. If you’d like to learn more, the team at Maximum Orthopedics can help you out.

  • Posted on: Jun 24 2021
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How to Deal with Shoulder Pain

Have you done something to your should that has caused it to hurt? If you have and the pain doesn’t seem to be going away, you need to see a doctor as soon as you can. However, in the meantime, there are a few things you can do to deal with this pain and prevent it from getting worse.

Rest Your Shoulder

First, it’s important that you don’t do anything to further injure your shoulder. Rest your shoulder as much as you can. Try to avoid stretching up to reach for items or lifting anything really heavy. If the pain increases while doing an activity, stop immediately. When the pain has decreased, go slow when you begin resuming your normal activities so you don’t re-injure the shoulder.

Use Ice

Icing your shoulder will reduce inflammation and can help with pain. You’ll want to wrap ice in a towel or other cloth—do not place ice on your skin without some kind of barrier in between. Ice your shoulder for 15 minutes at a time, with at least 15 minutes in between applications. You can use ice on your shoulder three to four times within a 24-hour period. If after three days you aren’t seeing any improvement, you need to see a doctor.

Use Heat for Tense Muscles

If your shoulder is stiff and the muscle hurts, you can try heat. This will help relax the muscle and relieve some of the pain. If you know you have arthritis in your shoulder, heat is a good option. A heating pad or a heated gel pack can be used regularly.

Use Over-the-Counter Medication

Ibuprofen and acetaminophen are two over-the-counter medications that will help you with the pain and with inflammation. Take them as directed, and be certain that you aren’t mixing medications in any dangerous way. If you already take medication for chronic pain or are on a number of medications that may not mix well with pain pills, talk to your doctor before you use anything.

If you continue to have pain or if the pain gets worse, you need to see an expert. The team here at Maximum Orthopedics can help you with any type of shoulder pain. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

  • Posted on: Jun 15 2021
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Orthopedic Treatment for Arthritis

Arthritis can leave your joints stiff and painful. You may find that you simply can’t enjoy many of your hobbies and other activities like you once did. Fortunately, an orthopedic surgeon can help alleviate or at least decrease some of this pain and stiffness. These experts understand how to diagnose, treat, and repair damage to the muscles, bones, joints, and ligaments. This includes arthritis.

Do You Need Surgery?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis, and many treatment options simply reduce the pain temporarily. This doesn’t mean your only option is to have surgery. However, it does mean that you will need to learn how to properly manage your arthritis. This is typically the first type of orthopedic treatment. The orthopedic expert will determine how bad your arthritis is and work with you to treat it. This may include using heat or cold, resting regularly, doing specific exercises, taking corticosteroid injections, or doing physical therapy.

Typically, arthritis does progress. Over time, you may find that the wear on your joints makes treatment options that once worked very well no longer as effective. In that case, it may be time for surgery.

What Are Your Surgical Options?

There are two main surgical options for arthritis. The first is joint reconstruction or repair. Here, the surgeon may remove damaged and defective tissue, may reshape the joint sockets, or use other methods to smooth out the area so your joint moves more easily. This is often successful for those who have mild to moderate arthritis.

However, for severe arthritis, joint replacement may be the only real option. Here, the arthritic bone is removed and replaced with an artificial joint. This does remove the arthritis from that joint. However, since arthritis is a progression disease, it is possible you will develop arthritis elsewhere. You won’t suffer any stiffness or pain in the replaced joint, though.

While surgery is an option, you will want to carefully consider all of the pros and cons. It can take quite some time to recover, and you will need physical therapy before you can fully return to your regular activities. It’s also possible for your body to reject the artificial joint.

If you’re dealing with arthritis, it helps to have an experienced medical professional on your side. The team here at Maximum Orthopedics can help you determine the best way of treating your arthritis. Contact us today to make an appointment.

  • Posted on: May 30 2021
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Common Injuries Caused by Falling on Your Back

Falling on your back is a fairly common workplace injury, especially if your job involves climbing up ladders. This type of injury can be very serious, especially if you fall a good distance. Falling on your back can damage the spine, neck, and much more. Here are some of the most common injuries that can be caused by falling on your back.

You Can Fracture or Break Bones

If you fall forward, you’re likely to put your arms out to try to break your fall. This can result in breaking bones in the hands and arms. If you fall backwards, you may not necessarily put your arms out. That doesn’t mean you won’t break bones, though. It’s very possible to break your tailbone, your back, your neck, and even your ribs. If you twist as you fall, you can break a number of other bones, too.

 

You Can Get a Concussion

If you land on your back, it’s very possible that your head will hit the ground, too. This can lead to a concussion. This is a type of traumatic brain injury that can cause headache, difficulty concentrating, problems with your balance, and even short-term memory loss. Normally, these symptoms are temporary. However, a major blow or repeated damage to your head can cause permanent damage. If you start falling backwards, do what you can to keep your head forward to avoid damage to the brain.

Spinal Injuries

When people think of spinal injuries, they often think of being paralyzed. While paralysis can certainly happen from falling on your back, it’s not the only type of spinal injury. You may lose some range of movement, but you may also lose feeling in parts of your back or your body. You could feel tingling or burning from the damage to your nerves, or you could simply stop feeling any sensation at all. It all depends on how severe the injury is and what part of your spine was damaged.

Have you fallen on your back at work? If so, you definitely have a workers’ comp case. You need to work with an expert in both pain management and workers’ comp cases to make certain you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact the team at Maximum Orthopedics today to schedule a consultation so we can begin working on your case.

  • Posted on: May 15 2021
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What Is Bursitis?

Bursitis is a condition that affects the bursae, the small sacs filled with fluid that are found around the joints. These sacs help to cushion your muscles, tendons, and bones. When bursitis sits in, these bursae become inflamed. The condition can be quite painful, and it can make it difficult to move the joint.

Which Joints Are Affected?

The bursae near any joints can become inflamed, but typically, this condition is limited to the shoulder, hip, and elbow. However, it’s possible to develop bursitis in the knee, the heel of your foot, and even at the base of the big toe. You are more likely to develop bursitis around the joints that you use to make repetitive motions. For example, if your job involves bending your elbows repeatedly throughout the day, you’re more at risk of developing bursitis there than in your knees.

Symptoms of Bursitis

The symptoms of bursitis are typically not severe, but they are noticeable. In addition to the pain, you may find that the joint feels stiff and that it hurts when you move or apply pressure to the area. You may also find that the joint feels swollen and has a reddish color to it.

If you find that the pain becomes so bad that you cannot move the joint, that the swelling has become excessive, or that you experience sharp pains when moving, you need to see a doctor. Also seek medical attention if you have a fever or notice a rash around the joint.

How Is Bursitis Treated?

If you suspect you have bursitis, we will first do an X-ray to look at the joint. We may also need to do a blood test or draw fluid from the bursae to determine the cause of the pain. Once that is done, we can move on to treatment. In most cases, bursitis clears up on its own if you simply take the time to rest. In other cases, you may need physical therapy to help build up the muscles around the joint. Corticosteroid injections can help relieve the inflammation and the pain, too. These injections are fairly common for bursitis in the hips or shoulder.

Are you suffering from bursitis or think that may be the cause of your pain? The team at Maximum Orthopedics can diagnose the condition and treat it. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

  • Posted on: Apr 27 2021
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Signs You Should Consider Physical Therapy

Are you in need of physical therapy? One mistake many people make is putting off getting the right kind of help when they’re injured. Physical therapy can often greatly reduce your recovery time and even prevent permanent damage or chronic pain. Here are some signs that you need to consider physical therapy.

The Pain Recures

Pain is a sign that something isn’t right with your body, so if that pain becomes recurring, it means you still have an injury or damage from an injury. If you find that you have pain in the same area that comes and goes or is almost always present, you should seek out a physical therapist as soon as you can.

You Hurt After Several Days

If you find yourself still in pain days after the injury, it means that your body isn’t able to heal itself. Once you’re injured, you should take several days to rest, ice the injury, and keep it elevated. However, if the pain hasn’t gone away or isn’t greatly reduced in intensity after several days, you need to have a physical therapist evaluate it.

You’re Relying on Over-the-Counter Medication

Taking medication for pain right after the injury and for a few days after it occurs is normal. However, you shouldn’t need to continue taking medication for much longer than that. If you find yourself taking pain medication regularly, it’s a sign that the injury is worse than you thought.

Your Range of Motion or Abilities Have Changed

You know what your body is capable of, and you know when you aren’t physically able to perform your best. If you find that the injury has reduced your range of motion or is preventing you from doing activities that you can normally do with no problem, you need medical attention. If you don’t get help, it’s possible the damage will become permanent.

The Injury Resulted in Acute Pain

In many cases, common injuries that occur from playing sports or exercising result in a fairly dull pain. It throbs, but it isn’t acute or sharp pain. If you did feel a sharp pain when you injured yourself, it can be an indication that you tore a ligament, pulled a muscle, or even fractured a bone. These are more serious issues that need medical care.

Do you need to see a physical therapist about an accident? If so, the team at Maximum Orthopedics can take care of you. Contact us today to make an appointment.

  • Posted on: Apr 15 2021
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