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Do you have a dislocated elbow?

If you have any reason to believe you have a dislocated elbow, it's safe to assume you're dealing with quite a bit of pain. Rather than attempt to treat the injury on your own, seek immediate medical care at a local emergency room.

Upon arrival, your doctor will examine your elbow for any indication of dislocation. From there, an X-ray is typically required to determine if there is a fracture of the bones that make up your elbow.

Carpal tunnel syndrome signs and treatment

Your job may require you to perform the same function fairly regularly. Secretaries, stockbrokers and data processors all rely on typing to get valuable information across to others. This repetitive motion may cause serious and long-lasting health effects.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common injuries workers sustain. The affliction is not only for those who spend hours at the keyboard – truck drivers, nurses and factory workers may also experience it. Keep some of the common signs and symptoms of this painful and debilitating issue in mind.

What should you do about toxins in your workplace?

Depending on your industry and profession, you may expect to come in close contact with toxins. There are also times when employees are subjected to contact with toxins without knowing it.

If you find that there are toxins in your workplace, there are several steps you can take to reduce exposure:

  • Find a new process: By replacing an existing process with one that is safer, you can reduce or eliminate contact with toxins.
  • Isolation: Toxins should be isolated, such as through the use of machine guards or remote-controlled equipment.
  • Ventilation: With toxic airborne substances, ventilation is one of the best methods of control. This can entail capturing and removing the toxin at the time of generation or mixing it with air.
  • Safety equipment: For those who know they'll be in contact with toxins, the right personal safety equipment is a must. This can include but is not limited to protective clothing, gloves, eyewear, mask and personal ventilator.

What’s the best treatment for a pinched nerve in your neck?

If you suspect a pinched nerve, perhaps as the result of overexertion at work, you shouldn't wait to receive a medical diagnosis. Your doctor can conduct a variety of tests to determine if you have a pinched nerve, or are suffering from another condition.

Not only can a pinched nerve cause pain and discomfort in your neck and back, but it can also do the same in your fingers, wrist, hand and elbow.

Do you have a fractured shinbone? Learn more about the details

A fractured shinbone is a painful injury that will impact your health in many ways, including your ability to walk without discomfort. If you suspect a fractured shinbone, it's imperative to seek immediate medical attention to determine the best treatment strategy.

The most common symptoms associated with a fractured shinbone include:

  • Pain in your lower leg
  • Difficulty walking or putting weight on your leg
  • Tingling in your foot
  • Deformity
  • Inability to bend your knee without pain
  • Swelling around the injury

Are you doing these things to avoid a forklift accident?

As a forklift operator, you have quite a bit of training under your belt. Even if you're well-trained and always operate your forklift with an eye toward safety, you could still be involved in an accident.

There are many steps you can take to avoid a forklift accident, including the following:

  • Don't operate a damaged forklift: A vehicle that is damaged or requires maintenance is one that increases the risk of an accident. Inspect your forklift for damage and defects before using it.
  • Watch for people on the ground: From co-workers to subcontractors, you must always be aware of your surroundings. Conversely, anyone working in close proximity to a forklift should take notice of the vehicle.
  • Don't exceed the lifting capacity: Even though you learn this in training, it's easy to push the limit to save time. Exceeding the lifting capacity increases the likelihood of tipping or dropping the load.
  • Follow designated roadways: When operating a forklift at work, you can't drive wherever you want. There should be designated roadways that you travel, as this gives everyone a clear idea of the areas to avoid.
  • Never give another worker a ride: A forklift is for lifting heavy loads, not people. It sounds fun to use a forklift in this manner, but it's a huge safety risk.

Dislocated shoulder treatment: Listen to your doctor

A dislocated shoulder is not the type of injury you treat on your own. Rather than getting some rest and hoping for the best, you should consult with an experienced medical professional as soon as you suffer this injury.

There are several types of dislocated shoulder treatment strategies, all of which your medical team will consider. These include the following:

  • Closed reduction: Without surgery, your doctor may be able to gently maneuver your shoulder back into place. This may be painful, but once the bones are back where they should be, you'll soon feel better.
  • Surgery: Depending on the extent of the damage, you may require surgery to repair a dislocated shoulder.
  • Immobilization: The use of a sling or splint can keep your shoulder from moving, thus giving it time to heal. Depending on the severity, you may need to wear a sling or splint for anywhere from a few days to several weeks.
  • Medication: Most people who suffer a dislocated shoulder experience quite a bit of pain and discomfort. Medication can be prescribed to treat the pain and relax your muscles.

The dangers of working on a farm

Working on a farm is tough. The agriculture industry is integral to Modesto and surrounding areas. If you are a farm worker, you are doing a valuable service to the local community, state and nation. While agriculture is vital to our society, it can be a dangerous and strenuous industry. Here are some statistics from the CDC to showcase the risks:

  • The number of farmworker deaths in 2016: 417 (a rate of 21.4 fatalities per 100,000 workers).
  • Approximately 100 agricultural workers suffer a workplace injury that causes them to take time off from their job.
  • The number of youth injuries on farms in 2014: 12,000.

The hazards on farms are real and significant. Here are the most common ways farmers get hurt. 

Types of medical treatment for an ankle fracture

An ankle fracture is a common injury that requires professional treatment in a timely manner. The sooner you're on the same page as your medical team the sooner you'll feel better about making a full recovery.

There are many types of medical treatment for an ankle fracture, including the following:

  • Realignment: If your bones are not aligned, your doctor may have to align them before placing you in a cast or splint. Sometimes, it's possible to do so in the emergency department, but if it isn't, you may require surgery.
  • Cast: Immobilizing your ankle is essential to making a fast and full recovery. A cast is often the best way to do so, as this ensures that you're unable to move your ankle as it heals.
  • Avoid walking: Until your doctor tells you otherwise, you should avoid putting weight on your ankle. Doing so can cause additional damage to the bone and surrounding ligaments.
  • Pain medication: Depending on the severity of the injury, you may find yourself in quite a bit of pain. Your doctor can write a prescription for pain medication to be used as needed.

Do you drive a company vehicle? Follow these safety tips

Depending on your profession, you may have access to a company vehicle. For example, many companies provide salespeople with a vehicle so they can get to appointments throughout their designated territory.

It's easy to let down your guard when driving a company vehicle especially when you spend one hour after the next behind the wheel. Since doing so will put you at risk of an accident, follow these safety tips at all times:

  • Always wear your seat belt
  • Become familiar with the safety features of each vehicle you drive
  • Get plenty of sleep before driving
  • Don't take any medication or substance, such as drugs or alcohol, that could make you drowsy
  • Avoid distractions, such as texting a colleague or client, when your vehicle is in motion
  • Practice defensive driving techniques, not aggressive driving
  • On long trips, stop often to stretch and give your brain a break
  • Be courteous to other drivers, even if it slows you down
  • Plan your route in advance to avoid traffic, construction and anything else that could cause stress
  • Treat the vehicle as if it were your own, as this lessens the likelihood of taking risks

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