Georgia's Top Five Most Googled Injuries

Wednesday, May 31st, 2023

A new study has revealed the top five most Googled injuries in each state in the US.   

The study by Chicago-based personal injury law firm, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, analysed Google data to establish the personal injuries and ailments each US state are searching for the most. They analysed a list of 102 injuries across the US to determine which is the top five most Googled in each state.   

1. Carpal tunnel syndrome 

Number one is carpal tunnel syndrome, with 7750 Google searches a month on average in Georgia. Carpal tunnel syndrome is pressure on a nerve on the wrist that causes pain and numbness in the hand and fingers.

According to the National Library of Medicine, Carpal tunnel surgical procedure is the most common wrist and hand surgery in the US, with over 400,000 procedures per year and relatively high costs overall over $2 billion a year. There are also disability benefits available for people that have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel, you may qualify if the symptoms are severe enough to interfere with your ability to work. 

2. Shin splits 

In second place is Shin splints with 7367 searches a month on average, it can cause tenderness or pain along the inner side of your shinbone and mild swelling in your lower leg and it is usually caused by exercise. 

The state with the highest searches for shin splints was California, with 28783 searches a month on average, making up a total of 13% of the searches for shin splints across the US states.

3. Bursitis 

Coming in at number three as Georgia's number three googled injury is bursitis, with 7250 searches a month on average. The injury symptoms include joint pain and swelling and can also be associated with jobs that require repetitive movements or prolonged pressure on joints.  

4. Muscle strain 

At number four is muscle strain with 5958 searches a month on average. Acute strains can be caused by a singular event, such as using incorrect or poor body posture to lift something heavy and chronic muscle strains can result from when you stress a muscle repeating the same motion. 

Franklin Square claim that strained muscle injuries account for up to 55% of all sporting injuries and strained muscle injuries are very highly common.  

5. Back injury 

Back injury comes in fifth place with 5818 searches in total a month on average. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than one million workers who suffer with back injury every year, and back injuries account for one of every five workplace injuries/illnesses. 

Georgia's average searches a month for back injuries has the highest number of searches out of all the states for the injury. 

A spokesperson for Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, said: "Injuries are always unexpected and can have a long-time effect both mentally and physically. This research highlight what injuries individuals are searching and are most concerned about, by spreading this knowledge we can make people more aware of what some of the most common injuries are. It is fascinating to see how this research is reflective across all the states, such as bursitis being the top searched injury in 32 states.  

Workplace injuries can also be a major concern for people as according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2020 there was an estimated 1.8 million workers in the US that had work-related injuries and had to be treated in emergency departments.”  

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