The COVID-19 pandemic has been crippling to many sectors of our economy. The life’s blood of our current economy is our supply chain.
For many people who are unfamiliar with the supply chain, goods originate from manufacturers and shipped to various locations for disbursement to urban and rural centres. It takes an army of dedicated employees to physically move the goods across the supply, from food to medicine to other vital goods that keep our limited economy running. For the people who drive tow motors, load trucks, pick orders in a physical distribution environment, their contributions haven’t gone unnoticed.
The demanding physical nature of a supply chain employee’s work creates physical risks and hazards all on its own. When the vital employees work overtime and extra shifts to keep goods moving, the risk of injury heightens, as does loss of time on the job.
Working in environments where many people are confined poses the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Certainly, tracing goods from one facility to another are essential, but our warehouse workers risk contracting the virus from other employees. That fact creates enormous mental strain combined with the physical risks of overwork that leads to harm in the workplace.
When our essential supply chain workers become injured, help is ready and available to keep them working and forwarding the goods our society needs.
At Care-Med, we have medical devices that will aid and spur the return of injured workers to their tasks and keep them functioning in a pain-free state.
Lifting boxes, moving skids, handling products is physically demanding work where there is no respite. The over-taxation of the body leads to strains, sprains, and other assorted injuries. Our medical devices come from manufacturers that are titans in their sector, and the devices provided create the best solutions.
Your medical device needs is are our mission, and we will have you back on the job in a confident state of mind when you need to engage in physical activity.
Body injuries, the causes and solutions
We often take our back for granted, which is evident when we look at back injury statistics. Over 75 percent of injuries sustained in the workplace involve your back and come from lifting products the wrong way. High-energy jobs demand physical exertion, and lifting objects is a big part of that equation. Using poor techniques to lift things is the primary cause of back injuries at work.
When we don’t use our legs to lift, back problems will be inevitable. To minimize the risk of a back injury, use the correct technique; if the object is beyond your capacity to lift, get help. When lifting something heavy, tense your core muscles. Keep the item as close to you as possible to avoid muscle strains that are extremely painful and reduced mobility is the byproduct of poor judgment.
Remember that back problems come from many sources. If you have a posture problem, you could be looking at back problems. Overweight and obese people will suffer extended periods of back problems due to the excess weight they carry in the demanding circumstances that a physical job entails. Intense physical labour and bad mechanics are also contributors to back injuries in the workplace.
Our shoulders are essential to many of the activities we engage in, and they are critical to our performance in a physical distribution world. The shoulder consists of a ball in a socket with muscles and tendons that control movement.
Lifting objects to shoulder height or any lifting objects require the shoulder components to work in unison to achieve goals. The injury risk to the shoulder is multiplied when engaged in complex movements, and there are areas of danger.
The shoulder blade, the tendons, ligaments and muscles will bear the trauma of injury when overwork or poor technique is used, and an injury occurs. The human body was intended to bend in specific ways, and when we find ourselves in awkward positions, our shoulders will pay a steep price.
If an injury is sustained, long-term consequences can result. Especially if a chronic condition is related to repetitive tasks we perform. Bracing a fall with our arms will cause shoulder problems that cause shoulder separations to collarbone injuries that limit our shoulder’s range of movement.
When we experience elbow pain, it can come from different activities that lead to injury or infirmary. We have discussed the toll that repetitive tasks take on the body, and the elbow is at greater risker.
A condition called cubital syndrome causes inflammation and extreme pain due to pressure on a nerve. The pain will show up in the fingers and make the movement of the fingers difficult. We want to talk about referred pain; it is a pain that sees its origins in other parts of the body like your neck or shoulders and comes to the fore in your elbow.
Tennis elbow is caused by irritation to the outside of your elbow that impacts a person’s ability to grab things with strength. Ligament injuries in the elbow come from moving heavy items that we aren’t capable of and repetitive movements that require the elbow to assist with lifting, turning, and bending.
When we work on our feet all day, our knees will suffer the consequences. The pounding our knees take from walking, standing and lifting makes them susceptible to injury.
The knee is composed of bones, bursa, ligament, and tendons required to work in concert to walk, stand or move objects. Our cartilage is the barrier between bones and erosion of the cartilage will bone on bone rub that causes intense pain.
Squatting or kneeling all day on surfaces with no padding will be the cause of pain and cause chronic injuries to develop. When we over-exert our knees, it causes tears to muscles, tendinitis, and cartilage damage with accompanying pain the conditions bring.
Putting pressure on our knees will lead to bursa and ligament failure that reduces mobility and strength. Inflammation and instability will further erode your knees’ capacity to perform work-related activities that cause long-term disability.
Hand and Wrist Injuries
Your hands and wrists are essential tools for people who work in a physical environment. Hand injuries come from cuts and lacerations for the most part, but other factors come into play.
The temperature can cause harm to hands and wrists if they are exposed to cold or warm temps for long periods. Sprains and strains to the muscles, ligaments and tendons that create movement come when overwork or awkward positioning is the catalyst for injuries.
The constant and or repetitive motion will create the perfect storm for hand and or wrist injury that involve activities like typing or using a mouse for computer-related work functions.
At Care-Med, we have solutions for work-related injuries
At Care-Med, we have catered to the needs of the injured for over 13 years providing medical devices that serve to relieve pain and improve mobility. We have a seasoned staff that is credentialed and certified to work with your doctor’s instructions when you need the right medical device to get you back on the job.
Don’t let workplace injuries take your livelihood away, make the most of the opportunity to prevent further damage when you access our solutions.
We work with major insurance carriers to pay for your medical devices and accept other payment forms. Circle of Care plans, Veteran’s Affairs benefits, ADP, ODSP and Ontario Works plans are welcomed at our clinic.