Work-related injuries can happen to all professionals, including teachers.
Teaching is a challenging profession. However, workplace injuries often don't come to mind when we consider the challenges faced by educators. The reality is that teachers encounter various hazards within the school environment, leading to more common work-related injuries than one might expect.
At IMC Bone Doc, our experienced doctors recognize the importance of addressing work-related injuries promptly and effectively, allowing educators to continue their essential work without unnecessary disruption. Whether it's managing back pain from hours of standing or addressing injuries caused by repetitive motions, our orthopedic surgeons are here to provide personalized care and support.
Common injuries sustained by teachers
Teachers can experience fractures due to slip and fall accidents, especially in areas with wet floors, uneven surfaces, or cluttered classrooms. Fractures commonly occur in wrists, ankles, and hips and can result in temporary immobilization and rehabilitation.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Often caused by repetitive movements, such as constant typing, writing on chalkboards, or using a computer mouse, carpal tunnel syndrome affects the hand and wrist. It leads to numbness, tingling, and weakness, making tasks challenging for teachers who need to use their hands and fingers extensively.
The physical demands of managing a classroom, moving furniture, and participating in various activities can lead to joint dislocations, particularly in the shoulders and fingers. Teachers who experience joint dislocations may need medical intervention and therapy to regain proper joint function.
Standing for long hours can lead to plantar fasciitis, a painful condition characterized by inflammation of the tissue connecting the heel to the toes. Teachers with plantar fasciitis often experience severe heel pain, making it uncomfortable to stand or walk.
Teachers are prone to knee injuries, especially those involving the meniscus or anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). These injuries can result from sudden movements, lifting heavy objects, or even slipping. Knee injuries can be painful and require medical treatment, including rest and possibly surgery.
Also known as lateral epicondylitis, tennis elbow is caused by repetitive motions of the forearm and wrist. Teachers frequently use chalkboards, markers, and other tools that can strain the tendons in the elbow, leading to pain and discomfort.
Rotator Cuff Tear
Teachers often engage in activities that require overhead movements, such as writing on chalkboards or raising their arms to interact with students. Over time, this can lead to a rotator cuff tear, causing pain and limiting the range of motion in the shoulder.
Supporting and treating injured teachers throughout New York
At IMC Bone Doc, we understand that injuries and illnesses can turn your life upside down, but you don't have to go through it alone. Our experienced team of orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists, and medical professionals is here to help you every step of the way.
With over 100 years of combined medical experience, our board-certified doctors specialize in diagnosing and treating a wide range of orthopedic injuries and conditions. From fractures to joint dislocations, carpal tunnel syndrome to torn ligaments, we're equipped to provide comprehensive care at our seven conveniently located offices throughout New York City and Long Island.
Whether you're dealing with chronic pain or a workplace injury, our goal is to offer high-quality medical services under one roof. We understand that time is of the essence, which is why we often have immediate appointments available, sometimes even on the same day.
Don't let pain or injury hold you back any longer — take the first step toward recovery and book an appointment with one of our experienced doctors.