September 24, 2013

Work Comp. Hurt at work. Work-related back injury. Neck injury. Georgetown employers and employees alike don't care for these words. Everyone wants to dodge the occurance of back injury at work and the hip, knee and ankle trouble that often results. But how? Dr. Butwell works with individual Georgetown workers and is more than ready to work with a Georgetown company to establish a program to avoid work-related injuries.

160,000,000 office workers (knowledge workers) and 2/3 of the developed countries use computers on a daily basis. (1)


Georgetown employers ask themselves

  • how can we cut down on or wipe out work related back injuries?
  • how can acute back pain injuries be tended to so they don’t become chronic?
  • what work techniques can be installed to lower occurances, cost and productivity loss?

All are great questions that the Georgetown chiropractor is ready to tackle.


Dr. Butwell can help local companies identify potential and actual back pain and extremity pain employees for preventive care. Dr. Butwell can help reduce occupational conditions that contribute to back pain by developing alternative conditions for the company to initiate. Dr. Butwell can offer training to Georgetown employees on specific conditions of the spine and how to prevent exacerbating pain in them. And maybe most importantly, Dr. Butwell works with the injured employee to return to work a confident employee who knows how to best care for his or her spine and not fear its re-injury. That’s employee appreciation on the Georgetown company’s part.

Details of the Plan

Dr. Butwell looks for early signs and symptoms of musculoskeletal pain like general tension to prevent future pain. (2) Joint angles – knee, ankle, lumbar spine, hip - required to lift maximum weight and not injure a spine can be analyzed in the work environment and adapted as needed. (3) Georgetown at-risk of re-injury workers may even be identified when they seem to be ready for return to work by their muscle responses. Low back injury patients tend to use their thoracic spine more. (4) Sometimes occupational injury may be related to something as simple as the clothing and equipment employees use (5) or having a support group for workers in pain to share with onsite. (6) Now that can be addressed pretty easily. It may just take an outsider to come in with “new eyes” and see something that can help.

Reality and Help

Occupational low back pain is the most expensive form of work disability in terms of actual financial costs as well as social costs and productivity costs. Persistent low back pain is particularly expensive in relation to acute and subacute low back pain. (6) In Georgetown, chiropractic influence and care at Dr. Butwell benefits both the employer and the employee. Work-related back pain need not frustrate either. Dr. Butwell welcomes the opportunity to work with Georgetown employers and employees to make the workplace a back-safe place. Contact us today.