Dr. Melissa Tonn brings more than two decades of experience in occupational medicine to her role as a clinical assistant professor of population health at the Dell School of Medicine at The University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, Dr. Melissa Tonn serves as the chief medical officer and president of OccMD Group, P.A., in Dallas, which provides occupational injury medical management for employers who are not part of the workers’ compensation system. The following covers some of the most common injuries in the workplace.
1. Muscle strain. Muscle strain can occur easily in jobs that recruit muscles of the back and neck that are particularly prone to injury through heavy lifting. Basic training on proper lifting techniques can help workers avoid injury and considerably reduce the occurrence of muscle strain.
2. Lacerations. Cuts and lacerations can occur in various working environments, from warehouses to business offices. Inadequate safety measures and poor training are the most common causes.
3. Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). RSI refers to pain and injuries in the muscles, tendons, and nerves that occur as a result of repetitive motions and overuse. It typically affects upper parts of the body, including the neck, hands, and forearms. The condition can become severe over time.
4. Overexertion. Ranked among the top workplace injuries, overexertion can occur from overindulging in any physical activity in the workplace.
5. Contusions. Slips, falls, trips, and falling objects can all cause contusions in the workplace. Objects can fall from shelves or opened cupboards, and wet floors can lead to slippery surfaces that put workers at risk for injury. Workers may also fall from ladders or trip on stairs.
An experienced physician, Melissa D. Tonn, MD, specializes in musculoskeletal disorders, workers’ compensation and disability cases, and chronic regional pain syndrome.