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Work Injuries Specialist

Denver Metro Orthopedics, P.C.

Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in Englewood, CO & Aurora, CO

In the United States, work injuries occur at a pace equivalent to 540 each hour. At Denver Metro Orthopedics, P.C., John Schwappach, MD, works with adults to diagnose and treat work injuries. Using safe, effective methods of care, he can speed up your recovery and minimize complications. To make an appointment at the practice in Englewood or Aurora, Colorado, call the nearest office or book online today.

Work Injuries Q & A

What are work injuries?

Because work injuries occur while you’re on the job, it’s no surprise that they’re especially common in physically demanding professions like construction and warehousing. 

However, these injuries can also affect white-collar workers in office jobs. For example, if you stare at a computer screen all day or regularly use a keyboard, you might experience neck pain or carpal tunnel syndrome.

What are some examples of work injuries?

Common work injuries include:

  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Muscle strains
  • Being hit by falling objects
  • Crashes or collisions
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Walking into objects

You might also develop a repetitive strain injury (RSI). RSI’s cause damage to your muscles, tendons, or nerves over time. Common examples of RSIs include bursitis, rotator cuff tendonitis, and tennis elbow.

What should I do if I experience a work injury?

If you experience an injury while on the job, alert your supervisor immediately and contact Denver Metro Orthopedics, P.C. The doctor is often able to make time for same-day appointments and can get you in to make a diagnosis right away. 

If you have to wait for an appointment, take the remainder of the day off work. In the meantime, get rest, drink plenty of water, and take over-the-counter pain medication if necessary.

How are work injuries diagnosed?

At Denver Metro Orthopedics, P.C., Dr. Schwappach diagnose work injuries by conducting a comprehensive exam and asking a series of questions about the injury, including what events led up to it, when it occurred, and what type of symptoms you’re experiencing. 

If these measures don’t provide enough information to make a diagnosis, they might also order X-rays, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, or ultrasound to take a closer look at your bones, joints, and soft tissues. After determining the cause of your injury, Dr. Schwappach develops a custom treatment plan.

How are work injuries treated?

Treatment of work injuries depends on the source of your discomfort and its effect on your daily routine. Usually, the providers recommend conservative measures of care like rest, ice, and elevation, physical therapy, or regenerative medicine injections. 

If these treatments don’t provide relief and your symptoms worsen, surgical intervention may be necessary. Both doctors specialize in minimally invasive, arthroscopic procedures that provide quicker recovery times and a lower risk of complications compared with traditional orthopedic surgery.

To receive treatment for work injuries, make an appointment at Denver Metro Orthopedics, P.C. by calling the nearest office or requesting one online today.