Absolute Wellness Center, under the guidance of our chiropractic sports physician Michael Herb, offers multiple specialties to address the specific needs of those injured in the workplace, and we are happy to help our patients navigate the sometimes confusing landscape of a worker’s compensation claim. We have two doctors and a fantastic team of providers offering chiropractic medicine, sports medicine, physical therapy and rehabilitation, acupuncture, and therapeutic massage. We are happy to talk with you about what treatments may be most appropriate for your injury.
Chiropractic Care for Workplace Injuries and Worker’s Compensation Claims
Did you know chiropractic care has been shown to be more valuable and cost-efficient for low back pain versus other physician care? A recent study conducted by medical and healthcare professionals outside the chiropractic profession, “Health Maintenance Care in Work-Related Low Back Pain and Its Association with Disability Recurrence,” (Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, April 2011, Vol. 53 Is. 4, p: 396-404) concludes chiropractic care to be more effective for common, work-related, low back pain, when compared to treatment by a physical therapist or other physician. Overall, chiropractic patients illustrated lower medical expenses, fewer disability recurrences and shorter initial periods of disability.
“A chiropractor provides an effective approach to maintain health, a key component in preventing episode recurrence,” says Gerard Clum, D.C. and spokesperson for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. “The clear trend revealed in this study shows chiropractic care resulting in the best outcomes, and the mechanism being used deserves the attention of both the consumer and healthcare professional.”
“A significant hypothesis derived from this study states that chiropractors may be instrumental in avoiding procedures or surgeries of unproven cost utility value or uncertain efficacy,” adds Dr. Clum.
If you are suffering from a workplace injury, talk with one of our chiropractic physicians, Dr. Michael Herb and Dr. Brandon Beckerman, about whether chiropractic medicine and rehabilitation is appropriate for your injury. Our goal is to get you out of pain and back to work, usually without prescription drugs or lengthy treatment plans.
If you are an employer and want to find a cost-effective treatment for your employees that has them feeling better and teaches them the skills to prevent future injury, consider recommending chiropractic medicine and rehabilitation. It works.
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation for Workplace Injuries and Worker’s Compensation Claims
Physical therapy and rehabilitation is often appropriate after a workplace injury, including manual physical therapy, exercises, and modalities to return the worker to full health and working capacity. The therapist can also assess the patient’s work duties and provide exercises that simulate workplace requirements, or recommend changes to the workplace or worker’s habits to allow the worker to be productive and healthy.
Objective evaluations are performed to assess a worker’s condition post-injury, as well as help determine when the patient is ready to return to work. For instance, a functional capacity evaluation (FCE) analyzes the patient’s ability to perform work tasks such as lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, stooping, squatting, kneeling, climbing, overhead reaching, crawling, and bending. Results are shared with the attending physician and case manager to determine when the patient is ready to go back to work, and what modifications would allow the worker to go back sooner, and yet still allow for full-recovery and full-performance.
Some employers in physically demanding industries obtain the assistance of physical therapists and rehabilitation specialists to identify pre-existing conditions for work injury claims, assess functional abilities and job compatibility, and teach proper lifting mechanics and exercises to prevent work-place injuries. Sometimes this is in the medical office, and sometimes physical therapists are brought to the workplace to train employers and employees alike how to improve work conditions and behaviors to decrease the risk of workplace injuries. This proactive approach prevents unnecessary time off and restricted-duty days – a win-win for all parties.
Physical therapists and rehabilitation specialists are also frequently called into office environments to perform workplace ergonomics assessments. Ergonomics can be thought of as the “fit” between the worker, the work environment, and the work performed. Physical therapists can make recommendations to both the employers and the employees to reduce strain, improve posture, modify tools and equipment, and improve employee comfort and productivity.
Acupuncture and Massage for Workplace Injuries and Worker’s Compensation Claims
Acupuncture and massage therapy can be beneficial additions to a treatment plan following a workplace injury, particularly when there is soft tissue damage, muscle spasm, or chronic pain. These therapies are often most beneficial when used in conjunction with chiropractic medicine and physical rehabilitation to address both the source of your injury, and the symptoms.
To Learn More
If you would like to learn more about treating you own injury or preventing future injuries at your workplace, please give us a call at 541-484-5777 or schedule an appointment. Dr. Michael Herb and Dr. Brandon Beckerman would also be happy to talk with employers about improving workplace safety and ergonomics.