Orthopedic & Rehabilitation Subspecialty Care in Boston, MA
Our Physicians Specialize in All Areas of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
Workplace injuries are very common and can be debilitating. High-risk jobs, manual laborers, workers performing heavy lifting, and workers subjected to repetitive motions are just some examples of those who are at risk for an injury in the workplace.
An important part of any initial evaluation involves understanding the type of injury, its mechanism, and how the injury relates to the physical requirements of an individual’s job. Together, our specialists treat all types of work injuries by offering conservative, non-operative management techniques when possible, and state-of-the-art surgical treatments when necessary.
The shoulder may be injured in a sudden fall or traumatic event, but often shoulder problems occur over time with manual labor, repetitive use of the area, and lifting heavy objects overhead. Most shoulder injuries will improve without surgery, but some injuries require surgical correction to restore the worker’s range of mobility without severe side effects. An initial evaluation completed by an expert is critical to accurately diagnose and understand the injury before suggesting optimal treatment options.
Injuries to the knee can range from a simple strain to ligament and cartilage tears. Severe trauma fractures often require urgent surgical treatment. Most injuries to the meniscus and ligaments of the knee are treated successfully with minor arthroscopic procedures, whereas more complex injuries and fractures may require open surgery.
Hip and Knee Joint Replacement
Total or partial replacement of the hip and knee joint can both greatly improve daily motions as well as significantly reduce painful symptoms experienced by an injured worker. Once the targeted joint has been replaced, workers are often able to operate on their feet for longer periods and enjoy a greater range of mobility.
Foot and ankle disorders are common among the adult population as they occur with regular frequency in work-related accidents. These disorders range from the repetitive stress of the area to traumatic injuries. The specialists at New England Work Injury provide a comprehensive approach to these injuries including prompt and accurate diagnosis, effective treatment options, and rehabilitation programs. We utilize non-surgical treatment options such as cast immobilization, physical therapy, therapeutic injections, and work-conditioning programs. When surgery is appropriate, our physicians can apply both minimally invasive treatments, such as arthroscopy and extracorporeal shockwave treatment, as well as traditional open surgical methods. We use outcome studies to assess the safety and effectiveness of our work and to design the best treatment options for injured workers in the Boston area.
Hand and Upper Extremity
Injuries to the hands and upper extremities are particularly common in the workplace. Receiving prompt initial evaluation, correct treatment, and thorough rehabilitation are each key to minimizing disability and achieving a successful outcome for patients.
Injuries to the spine may have a debilitating effect on the injured worker’s life, and happen to be the most common workplace injury. Manual labor, heavy lifting, repetitive bending and twisting, and driving for long periods can lead to injuries of the muscles, ligaments, discs, and vertebra. In certain cases, pressure or irritation of the nerves surrounding the spinal column can cause incapacitating arm or leg pain. Treatment often involves initial conservative, non-operative management, with surgical intervention when needed.
Orthopaedic Trauma and Fracture
High-risk jobs, high-energy injuries, and industrial accidents may lead to injuries severe enough to cause a fracture or broken bone. Multiple broken bones may be involved in this type of injury, or various bodily systems may be injured such as organs of the abdomen or chest. Serious injuries like this are often best treated by an orthopedic trauma specialist who, with their general surgical trauma specialist and other subspecialty associates, can offer the best chance for a successful treatment.