If you’re working and trip and fall, or if you twist in an unusual way, you may end up with a sprain or a strain. Sprains and strains aren’t always serious, but some of them are significant injuries that may require many weeks or months of rehabilitation and careful medical attention.
Sprains and strains are the leading cause of injury in manufacturing, but they can happen in any industry. Whether you’re in an office or working in a factory, they’re possible.
What are the reasons that sprains and strains happen?
These injuries can happen for many reasons ranging from not getting enough rest between shifts to working with excessive repetition of the same tasks. Awkward posture, excessive force, slip, trip and fall accidents and other causes also lead to these injuries.
Employers can take a proactive approach to strains and sprains in the workplace, which may help reduce the likelihood of them occurring. They can do this by:
- Offering safety training options to their employees
- Taking steps to intervene when noticing signs of repetitive-strain injuries or noticing risk factors in the workplace
- Focusing on better ergonomics in the workplace
- Encouraging job rotation, counteractive stretches and other work practice controls to keep people healthier
Not all workplaces are the same, so what your employer does to help minimize the risk of a workplace injury may vary. That being said, any employer who doesn’t take the risk of these types of injurie seriously is putting their workers in harm’s way unnecessarily.
What should you do if you strain or sprain a wrist, ankle or other joint?
With any strain or sprain, you need to seek medical attention as soon as you can. Early treatment options, like going to physical therapy or using anti-inflammatory medications, could help you feel better sooner, so you can get back to work. Report your injury to your employer, so that you have the opportunity to seek compensation for what you’ve been through. Workers’ compensation should cover any type of workplace injury, including your strain or sprain suffered on the job, so that you can get medical care and focus on your recovery.