Posted on June 17, 2015 in
Musculoskeletal injuries are some of the most common workplace injuries that can occur in a number of scenarios. Fortunately, many of these injuries, such as an ankle sprain or fracture, do not typically require surgery. In order to properly heal and prevent a subsequent injury, specific courses of treatment must be followed.
Sprain Treatment Depends on Extent of Injury
An ankle sprain can be treated in several ways, depending on the severity of the injury. Some sprains can be managed by regularly icing the ankle, which will reduce the pain and swelling. Compression wraps such as elastic bandages or stockings can help prevent additional ankle swelling. Ibuprofen or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) is often prescribed to manage pain until the sprain has healed. Prescription pain relievers may be recommended if ibuprofen is not sufficient.
In more severe cases, a worker with a sprained ankle may need to wear a cast, walking boot, or brace to keep the ankle immobilized while it heals, and they may need to use crutches until the ankle is fully functional. Often a sprained ankle requires physical therapy to regain full range of motion and strength.
Fractures Require More Extensive Treatment
An important first step in treating an ankle fracture is elevating and icing the area. This will reduce swelling the risk of further tissue damage. Doctors will then x-ray the area to determine the extent of the injury and assess the condition of the bones in the ankle. The ankle is typically put in a splint immediately after the injury to stabilize it while it is still swollen. If the bones in the ankle have shifted considerably, they will need to be reset before a splint is applied so that they can heal properly.
Once the swelling has gone down, the ankle will be put in a cast. For more stable fractures that have already begun to heal, a fiberglass cast is used. More severe fractures require a plaster cast, which molds to the skin and will hold the ankle in a more rigid shape. Workers who suffer an ankle fracture will not be able to put weight on it while it heals, so they may need to use crutches for several days, weeks, or even months.
Workplace ankle injuries can be severe, and even those that do not require surgery may affect an employee’s ability to work. Employees who suffer an ankle injury in the workplace are entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits to cover lost wages and medical costs. Treatment for a work ankle injury can be very expensive, so it is vital that injured workers receive the full amount of Workers’ Compensation benefits to which they are entitled.
Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at the Law Offices of Eric A. Shore Help Workers with Ankle Injuries
Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation lawyers at the Law Offices of Eric A. Shore can help you navigate the complexities of Workers’ Compensation law to get the compensation you deserve. Our knowledgeable, experienced legal team will thoroughly review your case and advocate on your behalf so you can focus on your recovery. Our firm handles Workers’ Compensation cases in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. Call us today at 1-800-CANT-WORK (1-800-226-8967) or contact us online for a free case evaluation with a qualified Pennsylvania work injury lawyer.
Musculoskeletal injuries are some of the most common workplace injuries that can occur in a number of scenarios.