What types of work injuries can cause neck pain?

There are many common causes of neck pain, all of which you need to be aware of as you work your job.

Even a minor neck injury, one that you think you can fight through, can lead to a serious situation in the future. This is why it's so important to receive the proper diagnosis and treatment if you suffer any type of injury.

Here are some of the many types of work injuries that can cause neck pain:

  • Vehicle accident, such as if you drive a delivery vehicle or truck
  • Slip and fall
  • Fall from height, such as from a ladder or scaffolding
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Falling objects, such as shingles from a roof
  • Repetitive motion, such as working at a computer station in the same manner every day

The type of injury, as well as the cause, will go a long way in determining the best treatment strategy. For example, there's a big difference between treating a pinched nerve and a bulging disc.

If you suffer any type of on-the-job neck injury, the best thing you can do is stop in your tracks and call for medical assistance. You should also notify your employer of the accident and injury, as you want to make it clear that you were injured on the job (not outside of work).

Once you better understand your neck injury, including the cause of the pain, you can learn more about returning to work. If you're unable to immediately return to your job, you may be in position to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits.

Source: Everyday Health, "Common Injuries That Cause Neck Pain," accessed Sep. 19, 2017

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