Should I Go To The Chiropractor After A Work-Related Accident?
Chiropractors are trained to relieve pain commonly associated with work injuries. They will discuss your injuries, examine you, and discuss your treatment plan. Through spinal adjustments, rehabilitation, trigger point release, and stretching, chiropractors can help reduce your pain and avoid unnecessary surgeries and medications.
Studies have shown that chiropractic care after a work-related injury significantly reduces recovery time, decreases the need for hospital admissions, and is more cost-effective than traditional medical care.
There are two main goals following a work-related injury: manage the pain, and get the patient back to work as soon and as safely as possible. Chiropractic care can play an essential role in reaching these goals.
Does Insurance Pay For A Chiropractor After A Work-Related Accident?
Doctors, hospitals, chiropractors, and other licensed medical providers are paid for their services based upon a fee schedule that changes annually. What you need to know is that injured workers are never required to pay a co-pay or any other fee for medical care related to the work injury. Instead, your doctors and other providers must submit their bills to the insurance company for payment.
What Are My Rights To Care After A Work-Related Accident In Pennsylvania?
You are guaranteed certain benefits if you were injured in a workplace accident or simply injured in the course of your job. This includes chiropractic and medical coverage and wage loss benefits for as long as you are off the job. If your employer posts the names of at least six doctors in your workplace and requires you to sign a panel acknowledgement form stating that you will seek treatment with these doctors, you must do so for 90 days. However, many employers fail to meet the requirements for the posting and the acknowledgment, and even if the insurance company will not pay for doctors who are not on the panel list, you still have options. Many doctors are willing to treat injured workers even if they may not get paid until afterward.
How Long Should I Go To A Chiropractor After A Work-Related Accident?
The amount of chiropractic care needed after a work-related accident depends on many factors. The nature and severity of the injury play a big role as well as which body part was injured. In addition, the patient’s age and general health at the time of the accident all influence the amount of treatment needed, including chiropractic care. The goal of chiropractic care after a work-related injury is to get the patient back to work as quickly and safely as possible.
While this is true for many patients, unfortunately, some patients may require extended medical and chiropractic care long after the onset of the injury. This is usually due to the severity of the injuries and other factors such as the nature of the patient’s job, their general health, previous injuries, and age. However, some patients are able to get back to work before they have fully recovered, especially if they have the option of modified or lighter job duties.
About Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic is a profession that focuses on treating people of any age who have a disorder of the musculoskeletal and/or nervous system. Using a variety of non-surgical, hands-on approaches, chiropractors perform adjustments to the spine or other parts of the body. The goal is to correct alignment problems, alleviate pain (usually back pain, neck pain, and headaches), and support the healing process. Your chiropractor will develop a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs. A referral is usually not needed to see a Doctor of Chiropractic, so find your closest location of PA Pain & Rehab and make an appointment today!