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Aches and pains par for the course for health care workers

Nurses and other health care workers in Minnesota often spend up to 16 hours on their feet, treating the aches and pains of their patients. However, who will address the nurses' aches and pains that follow the many hours of strenuous activities throughout extended shifts. Reportedly, six in every 10 nurses seek solutions for their job-related aches and pains -- many of which seem insignificant enough not to justify a visit to a doctor, yet severe enough to look for other solutions.

According to the analysis of workers' compensation claims, the numbers of back-related injuries for nurses exceeds all other occupations. Most prevalent are strains and sprains suffered through improper lifting and transferring of patients. Hot and cold packs are suggested for the treatment of sore muscles, and frequent stretching exercises could improve suppleness.

Daily stretching exercises will benefit blood flow and circulation and increase oxygen levels in the blood. The exercises will improve posture and flexibility while relieving aches and pains. While over the counter medications might alleviate the pain, using them for extended periods can be harmful. If OTC medications are ineffective or needed for long periods, it might be time to consult a physician.

Health care workers in Minnesota are typically eligible for workers' compensation benefits. The benefits will cover all doctors' bills to treat work-related injuries, illnesses, or aches and pains, and if the health care worker is unable to return to work for several days, a wage-replacement package might form a part of the compensation. The benefits claims process could be complicated if tackled without the assistance of an experienced workers' compensation attorney.

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