According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s News Release from November 3, 2021, in 2020, 2.7 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported for private industry employers.
This alarmingly high number means that work injuries are a fact of life for many Americans. iWorks Health and iSpine Clinics offer a unique continuum of services and treatment offerings to provide solutions for work-related injuries including prevention, rehabilitation, and minimally invasive treatments to support keeping workers at work, happy, healthy, and productive.
The True Cost of a Work-Related Injury
Work-related injuries involve a variety of direct and indirect costs to the employer. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), direct costs include medical expenses, possible legal fees, and payments to workers’ compensation. Indirect costs include training new employees, lost productivity, investigating injuries and accidents, implementing necessary corrective action, repairing equipment or property that may have been damaged, and additional costs that may be associated with employee absenteeism (https://www.osha.gov/businesscase/costs). According to OccuPro, the indirect cost to an employer can be estimated at approximately three times the direct medical cost. Not only does the employer feel the immediate direct and indirect costs of a work-related injury, but a given claim can impact workers’ compensation premiums for three years.
Prevention with iWorks Health
iWorks Health offers unique onsite services to help employers avoid recordables, lost time, and workers’ compensation claims altogether. An onsite injury prevention specialist can work one-on-one with employees who are reporting soreness or musculoskeletal discomfort. Following OSHA First Aid Guidelines the onsite provider can utilize strategies including heat and ice, soft tissue work, kinesiotape, topical rubs/gels, coaching in dynamic movement, and education to reduce soreness in just a few sessions. Onsite providers can also provide ergonomic consultation and perform job analyses to identify risk factors and ergonomic concerns, suggest modifications, and monitor outcomes to reduce overall injury risk. Learn more about iWorks Health
Rehabilitation with iSpine Clinics
If work-related soreness develops into a true injury, the multidisciplinary team at iSpine Clinics can provide skilled therapy solutions to support return to work in a timely manner. Our Rehab team is made up of board-certified physicians, with specialties in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Occupational Medicine, and Physical and Occupational Therapists with years of experience in treating musculoskeletal pain. We offer convenient clinic locations across the Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, area. Explore iSpine Rehab
Pain Care With iSpine Clinics
Some work-related injuries can lead to chronic pain and additional pain intervention. iSpine Clinics also provide neck and back pain relief through a variety of state-of-the-art and minimally-invasive treatment options at our Pain Care clinics. Among them are steroid injections, spinal cord stimulation, nerve and nerve root injections and blocks, and discography evaluations. The goal of iSpine Clinics is to help you find relief from neck and back issues through the most advanced pain treatments available. Learn about iSpine Pain Care Services
Previously posted August 4, 2016, updated March 2022