Occupational medicine is the branch of medicine that deals with the prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries occurring at work or in specific occupations. This includes acute injuries and continuous trauma injuries. Some examples of common acute injuries are muscular strains, lacerations, burns or fractures. Some continuous trauma injuries include tendonitis, tennis elbows and carpal tunnel syndrome. Over exposure to hazardous materials and fumes in the work place can also lead to work related injuries. No matter what the injury is, if it’s determined by the physician that it occurred due to the work you do then it’s considered occupational. To begin treating a work related injury, you must first file a workman’s compensation claim through your work. Your human resource department can assist you with this.