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Workers compensation, also known as workman’s comp, is a State mandated insurance policy that provides benefits for employees who are injured at or during work. These benefits cover the majority of medical costs and lost wages from time missed at work. In general, an employee with a work-related illness or injury can get workers' compensation benefits regardless of who was at fault -- the employee, the employer, a coworker, a customer, or some other third party.
Most worker’s compensation insurance companies, will require preapproval from a certified physician or clinic before your medical treatment can be initiated. Worker’s compensation patients should be carefully evaluated by a highly trained physician or chiropractor. This involves history of the trauma, full medical examination including an evaluation of the neuromuscular system, and diagnostic studies, such as x-ray, CT scan, MRI, and electrodiagnostic evaluation. Your physician should be skilled in their understanding of the mechanics of an accident and post accident symptoms to rule out major pathology such as herniated disc, mild traumatic brain injury, severe joint sprain, and radicular symptoms such as numbness and tingling.
Initially treatment is devised in order to reduce swelling and spasm through the use of specific medications and physiotherapy such as ice, heat, therapeutic ultrasound, physical therapy, chiropractic care, massage, and electric stimulation. Next a progressive rehab protocol will be administered to improve body mechanics and increase active range of motion. If such therapeutic modalities fail in their response, then procedures such as interventional pain management and/or surgical recommendations may be administered in order to reduce loss of function.
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