Screen_Shot_2024-06-11_at_10.jpegWorkplace accidents and injuries can be devastating, both physically and financially. While most people associate workplace injuries with broken bones or strains from lifting heavy objects, internal injuries are also a common occurrence, yet they often go unnoticed or unreported. These injuries can have long-term effects on a worker’s health and ability to perform their job.

Dr. Robert Weiss ofSyracuse Hernia Center offers comprehensive workers’ compensation services to diagnose and treat these types of internal injuries effectively. By providing specialized care, Dr. Weiss ensures that employees can return to work healthier and more resilient.

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In this blog, we will discuss five common internal injuries that can occur in the workplace and how Dr. Weiss and the Syracuse team can provide effective treatment.

Common Types of Internal Injuries on the Job

Common workplace injuries, such as internal injuries, can stem from various tasks and conditions, often hidden but significant. Recognizing these injuries early can prevent serious long-term health problems.

Here are five common types of work-related internal injuries that employees might experience.

1. Hernias

Hernias are a common internal workplace injury resulting from heavy lifting or persistent straining. This condition occurs when an organ or tissue pushes through a weak spot in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue. Employees engaged in physically demanding tasks are especially susceptible to hernias.

Symptoms:

  • A noticeable bulge or lump in the affected area
  • Pain or discomfort, especially when bending over, coughing, or lifting
  • Weakness, pressure, or a feeling of heaviness in the abdomen
  • Burning or aching sensation at the site of the bulge

Potential Complications if Untreated:

  • Persistent pain and discomfort
  • Increased size of the hernia over time
  • Risk of strangulation, which can cut off blood supply to the affected area and require emergency surgery
  • Development of intestinal obstruction leading to severe digestive issues

2. Internal Bleeding

Internal bleeding is a serious condition that can result from accidents or impacts at work, particularly in environments with heavy machinery, high fall risks, or unexpected blunt-force trauma. Internal bleeding occurs when blood vessels are damaged and blood leaks into body cavities or tissues. This type of injury can go unnoticed initially, making it critical for workers to recognize the signs and symptoms early.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Severe abdominal pain or swelling
  • Bruising or discoloration of the skin around the impacted area
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Rapid heart rate or palpitations
  • Vomiting blood or passing blood in stool
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Unexplained drop in blood pressure

Potential Complications if Untreated:

  • Hypovolemic shock, which can lead to organ failure
  • Acute respiratory distress due to pressure on the lungs
  • Severe anemia resulting from blood loss
  • Death if bleeding is not controlled promptly

3. Organ Damage

Organ damage is a severe internal injury that can result from trauma at the workplace. This type of injury often occurs due to high-impact incidents, such as falls from heights, machinery accidents, or being struck by heavy objects. In environments with significant physical hazards, employees are particularly at risk.

Common Causes:

  • Falls: Falling from ladders, scaffolding, or elevated platforms can lead to significant trauma, impacting vital organs such as the liver, spleen, and kidneys.
  • Machinery Accidents: Heavy machinery, such as forklifts or industrial equipment, can cause crushing injuries. Penetrating trauma from accidents like these can tear blood vessels, muscles, and internal organs, leading to serious health complications.
  • Blunt Force Trauma: Being hit by moving objects, colliding with structures, or experiencing sudden impacts can damage internal organs, leading to serious health complications. 

Potential Complications if Untreated:

  • Liver or kidney failure
  • Internal bleeding and shock
  • Irreversible organ damage requiring surgery or transplant

4. Cholecystitis

Cholecystitis refers to the inflammation of the gallbladder, which is a small organ located beneath the liver. This condition often arises when the cystic duct, through which bile exits the gallbladder, becomes blocked. Workplace injuries, such as trauma to the abdominal area, can lead to blockages or infections that may trigger cholecystitis. Gallstones are the most common cause, but injury-related inflammation can equally obstruct the normal flow of bile, resulting in this painful condition.

Symptoms:

  • Severe pain in the upper right or center of the abdomen
  • Pain that radiates to the right shoulder or back
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever and chills
  • Abdominal bloating and tenderness, especially after meals

Potential Complications if Untreated:

  • Gallbladder rupture, leading to widespread abdominal infection
  • Chronic cholecystitis, causing long-term inflammation and damage
  • Bile duct infection and pancreatitis, which can severely impact overall health
  • Increased risk of gallbladder cancer

5. Pneumothorax

Pneumothorax is a type of internal injury that can occur in hazardous environments, such as construction sites or factories with fumes and chemicals. This condition refers to the collapse of one or both lungs due to air leaks into the chest cavity, compressing lung tissue and preventing it from fully expanding.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Sudden, severe chest pain
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Inability to take deep breaths
  • Bluish skin discoloration (cyanosis)

Potential Complications if Untreated:

  • Respiratory failure due to lack of oxygen
  • Tension pneumothorax, where air continues to be trapped in the chest cavity, putting pressure on the heart and other organs
  • Death if not treated promptly

How Syracuse Hernia Center Can Help

At Syracuse Hernia Center, we pride ourselves on offering comprehensive and cutting-edge medical care tailored to meet the unique needs of our patients. We offer:

  • General Surgery: Our experienced team is well-versed in performing various general surgical procedures, addressing common ailments as well as complex cases with precision and care.
  • Advanced Robotic Procedures: Utilizing the latest in robotic surgical technology, we offer minimally invasive options that significantly reduce recovery time, postoperative pain, and the risk of complications. Our state-of-the-art equipment allows for enhanced precision during procedures, ensuring optimal results.
  • Emergency Care: With a focus on prompt and efficient treatment, our facility is equipped to handle surgical emergencies, providing immediate attention to critical conditions such as organ perforations and internal bleeding.
  • Workers’ Compensation Services: Our team is well-equipped to provide comprehensive care for workplace injuries, offering evaluation, treatment, and management plans tailored to each patient’s needs. We also offer assistance with workers' compensation claims, which can be complex. Our support extends to both injured workers seeking compensation and employers managing these claims. 

Syracuse Hernia Center: Your Workplace Health Partner

Internal injuries are a significant concern in the workplace, posing serious health risks and potential complications if left untreated. Employees need to be aware of the potential dangers and symptoms of these types of injuries, as well as seek prompt medical attention from a trusted facility like Syracuse Hernia Center.

Led by the esteemed Dr. Weiss, our surgical team boasts a wealth of experience and specialization in managing complex medical conditions. He is renowned for his meticulous surgical skills, innovative treatment approaches, and dedication to patient care. His personalized care approach ensures that each patient receives a tailored treatment plan designed to meet their individual needs and promote a swift recovery.

If you or a loved one has experienced a work-related injury, contact us today for expert assessment and comprehensive workers' compensation claim support. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Weiss now to discuss your concerns; your health is our top priority.

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