The physicians at New England Work Injury specialize in all areas of orthopedics and rehabilitation.
Work place injuries are very common and may be debilitating. High-risk jobs, manual laborers, workers performing heavy lifting, and workers subjected to repetitive use injuries are just some examples of workers at risk for an injury.
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 injured workers job. Together, our specialists treat all types of work injuries, offering conservative, non-operative management when possible – and “state-of-the-art” surgical treatment when indicated.
The shoulder may be injured in a sudden fall or traumatic event, but often shoulder problems occur over time with manual labor, repetitive use and lifting heavy objects. Most injuries improve without surgery, but some injuries require surgical correction to restore the normal activities. Expert initial evaluation is critical to correctly diagnose and understand the injury and offer proper treatment.
Injuries to the knee range from simple strain to ligament and cartilage tears. With severe trauma fractures can occur necessitating urgent surgical treatment. Most injuries to the meniscus and ligaments are treated successfully with minor arthroscopic procedures, where as more complex injuries and fractures may require open surgery.
Hip and Knee Joint Replacement
Hip joint and knee joint replacements help injured workers regain function and pain relief, allowing for longer periods on their feet standing and greater mobility.
Foot and Ankle
Foot and ankle disorders are common in the adult population and occur with regular frequency in work related accidents. The disorders range from repetitive stress disorders to traumatic injuries. We provide a comprehensive approach to these injuries including: prompt and accurate diagnosis, effective treatment options, and rehabilitation programs. We utilize no operative treatment options such as cast immobilization, physical therapy, therapeutic injections, and work-conditioning programs. When surgery is appropriate, we utilize 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.
Hand and Upper Extremity
Hand injuries and injuries to the upper extremity are common in the workplace. Prompt initial evaluation, correct treatment and thorough rehabilitation are keys to minimize disability and obtain a successful outcome.
Injury to spine may have a debilitating effect on the injured workers life. Spine injuries are the most common workplace injury. Manual labor, heavy lifting, repetitive bending and twisting and driving long periods can lead to injuries of the muscles, ligaments, discs and vertebra. At times pressure or irritation of nerves 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. At times more than one bone may be injured, or multiple systems may be injured such as organs of the abdomen or chest. Severe 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 s successful treatment.