Working during the COVID-19 pandemic has been trying at the best of times. Between lockdowns and limited economic activity, our economy has suffered akin to the Great Depression.
Keeping the goods flowing in what’s left of our economy has been the unsung heroes of essential workers who transport the necessities to our storehouses and distribution centres. Once the goods are there, they are sent to a delivery team who makes home deliveries and deliveries to stores for product sales.
The scores of truck drivers and small van drivers have been working without respite, taking risks to deliver packages and food to our doors. Daily, drivers are subjected to people with contactless deliveries, but they could be exposed to the virus and spread it through the packages they deliver.
Thankfully, that has been the case, but they are under another threat. The threat of overwork will physically impair their ability to serve as the primary delivery system for food and medicine we need to survive the pandemic.
When you forward packages to residences and businesses, you never what is in the boxes, and you can injury yourself lifting, toting boxes and walking up or downstairs with them. With higher volume, freight delivery is one sector that is booming, but shifts that were once eight-hour days are stretched to 10 or 12-hour tours of duty.
Working extra days to keep the freight from piling up is another demand that drivers face. As the body tires from repeated work, it becomes susceptible to injuries. Workplace injuries lead to chronic conditions if action isn’t taken to address the situation immediately.
At Care-Med, we want everyone in the transportation industry to know that we have solutions to workplace injuries that can lead to lost time on the job. We have medical devices for the entire body that will protect our drivers from further injury and assist in the healing process. All the medical devices we sell are the top of the line products that have been developed by the industry’s best companies.
Common Injuries sustained at work by essential workers
- Problems lifting objects create back problems and injuries are the natural byproduct of overexertion. Major studies in workplace injuries have told us that over three-quarters of all injuries are preventable if proper lifting techniques are practiced. Lifting with your legs, not your back, is a rule of thumb, and it should be observed in every instance that you are lifting any object. Other causes of back injuries at work include poor posture, carrying too much weight (obesity/overweight), being in poor physical condition, and body mechanics that are less than ideal. One more thing that the experts told us when they study back injuries, if you are lifting a heavy object, contract your core muscles and keep the object close to your body to prevent harm from befalling you. Finally, if you think the item is heavy to lift, get help to move it.
- When you have back problems, you can count on shoulder problems that arise from injuries to prevalent. Our shoulder is a ball joint with many features that work together to lift, turn and carry articles. Tendons, ligaments, and muscles work together to create movement and power when moving items from overhead to the ground. Lifting activities or pushing heavy objects on carts will be stressful for your shoulders, and the risk of shoulder injuries is high in that circumstance. If your work requires that you perform the same tasks repeatedly, you at risk of fatigue and then a chronic condition will develop due to the nature of the work. An occupation that requires power equipment or driving comes with vibrations and bumps in the road that will affect your shoulders. A slip and fall on the steps delivering a parcel can cause a shoulder or collarbone injury. When we fall, we use our arms to brace for impact when we land on the ground, which causes shoulder injuries that lead to more significant problems down the line.
- When you experience elbow pain due to workplace-related fatigue or injury, it comes from several different causes. The conditions are varied, but the pain is consistent, leading to time off the job. For instance, cubital syndrome is one that inflames a nerve in the elbow region, and the pain extends to the fingers. Another example of elbow pain is what is called referred pain. The pain from injury originates in other areas of the body – your neck and back are the common denominators here – and if it shows up in the elbow. If you experience pain and an inability to grasp an object, you are suffering from Tennis Elbow. The problem occurs on the outside portion of the elbow and creates intense pain, and is caused by repetitive activities performed in the workplace. Trying to move objects that are too heavy will cause potential injuries to our ligaments and tendons, causing long-term problems to fester in our elbows.
- Standing for extended periods or working on hard surfaces will have a significant impact on our knees. They take the brunt of the effects placed on the legs when in a hard-surface environment. If you spend time working on your knees without padding, the damage can be immediate and painful. The knee contains a bursa sac, joints, ligaments, tendons and cartilage, and any one of the components can be damaged through overwork or overexertion. Injuries like contact stress are hard on the knees that squatting or kneeling for long periods of time create. When we experience contact stress, we have been on our knees on hard surfaces that cause pain and degradation of the kneecap. Cartilage problems generate a loss of the needed buffer between bones; once the cartilage is gone, bone on bone impact occurs, and it is excruciating.
- Hand and wrist injuries pose the most significant risk for many essential workers working in physically demanding roles at work. Most if not all hand injuries start as cuts and lacerations that impact an employees’ ability to perform on the job. When we injury our wrists, sometimes it is a broken wrist that causes problems. But for the most part, sprains and strains to ligaments and tendons are the cause of the issues. If you type or use a mouse or carry packages that tax your wrist, you could be in line for devastating problems later in life as the condition is degenerative in nature.
Get pain relief with premium medical devices from Care-Med.
When your experience chronic pain for work-related injuries, bring your problems to us at Care-Med to get the help you need. We have been serving the workforce army for more than 13 years, and our staff carries the credentials and certifications necessary to address your needs. We work with your doctor to craft the right solution with a suitable medical device to alleviate pain and restore you to your job.
Payments through your extended health care coverage are accepted, as are payments from Veteran’s Affairs, Circle of Care, ADP, ODSP and Ontario Works health plans.