The weight of a human body is made up of 35 to 40 percent muscle. With hundreds of individual muscles and layers in your body, a strained muscle is not an unlikely injury, especially in a physically demanding work environment. Muscle strain from a work injury can occur at any type of job, even sedentary work, as it only requires one wrong movement to occur. If your employer isn’t addressing workplace safety in Illinois then explore your options after an injury by calling a workman’s comp attorney.
You can strain a muscle by putting undue pressure on a muscle, overexerting it to the point where it tears. Once a muscle tears, expect bleeding under the skin. Usually, a visible bruise is apparent when one bleeds underneath the skin. There can also be a great deal of pain associated with a muscle strain because of irritated nerve endings near the damaged muscle.
Causes of Muscle Strains at Work
Any stretching beyond your normal range of movement can cause muscle strain, especially if it involves lifting large amounts of weight. Abrupt movements such as pivoting can also strain your leg muscles. Back muscles are easily strained when a person bends or stretches too far when lifting and carrying objects.
Muscles can also become strained after repetitive use such as in manufacturing occupations where repetitive movements are the norm.
Stop working and alert your supervisor if you notice any of the following symptoms.
• Swelling, bruising or redness of the skin
• Pain when immobile
• Pain when the muscle or corresponding joint is moved
• Weakness of the muscle or connected tendons
• Immobility of the muscle
Treatments for Iowa Muscle Strains
After you have reported your injury, you should seek medical care as soon as possible. A doctor will examine the injured area and perform additional imaging tests to confirm or rule out different types of injuries. A confirmed muscle strain is typically treated by applying cold packs and lightly stretching the muscle to reduce swelling. After swelling is down, heat pads can help reduce pain.
Your doctor may prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce pain and increase mobility. Rest is another major part of healing a strained muscle, and you may be told to go on light duty or refrain from physical work at all for a period as you recover.
Heed all of your doctor's instructions for your health as well as compliance with your workers' compensation claim. If you are found to be ignoring doctor recommendations for treatment and rehabilitation, your benefits could be cut short.
An Iowa Workers' Compensation Attorney Can Help Your Case
The Walker, Billingsley and Bair personal injury law firm is dedicated to helping injured Iowa workers recover their due compensation after a work-related accident. If you suffer a muscle strain while on the job, alert your employer, get medical help, and contact a workers' compensation attorney if you believe you are not getting fair workers' compensation benefits. For immediate assistance, call (888) 435-9886 or fill out our online contact form and get the information you need.