Workers Comp Philadelphia PA

Sustaining an injury at work can create quite the hassle.  From loss of productivity and missed days of work to reams of confusing paperwork to reporting injuries to insurance companies and state and federal agencies, it sometimes feels like there’s not enough time to focus on recovering from your injuries.  Most people are not in a position to not work.  Beyond the resources that work provides us to live our lives, the sense of purpose from having a job is critical to our emotional and mental health.

Workers comp injuries can occur even in the safest work environments.  Obviously, some work locations are at higher risk, but just because you sit in an office all day and are not out on a construction site doesn’t mean you aren’t susceptible to injury.  Just because you don’t require a trip to the ER doesn’t mean that you don’t have damage or injury from the accident that needs attention.  We know that conditions like whiplash or concussion, very common in workers compensation cases, can have late onset of physical and cognitive symptoms.

Some injuries may be acute and emergent, like a broken bone or deep laceration, and getting care at a hospital or from a medical practitioner is the right first step.  Medical doctors are primarily concerned with things that are broken.  They’ll focus on broken bones or torn ligaments and work to repair them.  And they’re good at that.  In the absence of those things, they’ll probably send a patient home with an ice pack and a prescription for a muscle relaxer to help with pain management after a workplace injury.

As chiropractors that treat workers comp injuries, we work to provide natural pain relief, but we also want to move beyond treating the symptoms and rehabilitate the soft tissue to improve functionality of the spine and therefore the nervous system.  A dysfunctional nervous system will slow down recovery and make it harder to succeed at work.  Even after an injury at work, it is possible to return and reclaim the title of Employee of the Month.

Remember, insurance adjusters and your company’s legal counsel are skilled in workers comp cases, they do this every day.  This may be your first accident and you’re unfamiliar with the process.  It is critical to work with doctors and professionals, like the chiropractors at PA Pain & Rehab, that understand workers comp so that you aren’t at a disadvantage.  Time is of the essence in cases like these, the sooner you seek care the better.  For your health, but also your case.  Failing to treat injuries is never a good idea as acute issues can quickly turn into chronic pain and dysfunction.  The longer you go before receiving care the harder it is to treat your injuries.  Your best health outcome is our #1 goal so that you can get back to work and the activities that make life worth living.  In workers comp cases, your employer is fighting for their best interests, you must have someone on your side fighting for yours.

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How We Treat Workers Comp Injuries In Philadelphia, PA

Comprehensive Consultation and Exam

Treating workplace (workers comp) injuries starts with a comprehensive history and consultation with a doctor who’s really going to listen to your unique situation.  We’ll take into account the accident onset, but we’re also interested in your health before the accident and what role that will play in your care.  We know this is a stressful and frustrating time so we are here to be partners and advocates as you work to get back to 100%.

Accidents often cause injuries that are not visible to the naked eye, but if left untreated can snowball into larger health issues.  Through a combination of chiropractic, functional, orthopeadic, and neurological exams we’ll leave no stone unturned to get to the root cause of your specific issue and any other hidden issues you may not be aware of.  Our goal is to get you out of pain naturally and quickly, but we also want to fix structural issues that if left untreated lead to pain relapses and further injury.

It’s critical to document your workplace injuries properly so that you are adequately protected.   We have over 20 years of experience taking care of people injured in accidents.  Within the healthcare and legal communities we have excellent relationships with practitioners who can help co-manage your injuries and make sure you get the best health and legal outcomes.  Accident documentation can be complicated, luckily we are experts at managing these cases so all you have to focus on is healing.

Specific Chiropractic Care in Philadelphia, PA

We will tailor a multidisciplinary-approach care plan specific to your injuries using the information uncovered during your consultation and exams.  Chiropractic adjustments are our most important treatment after an accident.  A slip and fall or collision, even just sitting at a desk for 8-10 hours a day in and out, can misalign the spine affecting the nerves that travel through the spine to service different areas of the body.  This can result in pain, but pain is only a signal that something is wrong.  Nerves carry every message between the brain and the body and when that communication line is broken the body begins to break down.

Neck and low back injuries after an accident are most common, whiplash being the leading culprit, but adjustments can help with a range of issues as they work to improve nervous system function.  Chiropractic adjustments correct the spinal structure removing pressure on the nerves and allowing unimpeded communication between the body and the brain.  They also provide rapid and long-term relief of inflammation, decrease muscle tension, restore proper range of motion, reduce the risk for serious complications, and speed up your overall recovery process.

Physical Rehabilitation

Medications can’t fix a physical injury.  They might be able to make us feel better…temporarily, but they can’t fix the source of that pain.  After a work-related injury, our recovery plan has to go beyond over-the-counter medication, prescription pain relievers, and muscle relaxers.  In the absence of a medical emergency, that plan must include physical rehabilitation that both provides natural pain relief and works to correct the underlying issue.  Not treating those issues will lead to physical limitations and chronic issues that will slow recovery, create more pain and dysfunction, and only make work harder.

A customized plan based on your functional assessment will strengthen your muscles, improve your range of motion, and reduce healing times.  As you work with a chiropractor to restore proper spinal structure, it’s important to retrain your muscles how to support that healthy structure.  This will help adjustments to hold longer and prevent future injury.

Medical Care

At PA Pain & Rehab, we are lucky to have an orthopaedic surgeon on staff who specializes in providing care and pain management solutions for a range of spine, joint, and bone issues.  He’s trained to handle emergency situations and help you find treatments to get back on your feet fast.  If necessary, our doctor can prescribe an MRI to assess any soft tissue, joint, or spinal injuries and determine if your organs were impacted by the crash.

Medical Equipment

When you’re hurt in an accident, you want to get back to life as quickly as possible.  One of the last things that’s on your mind are the tools necessary to support recovery.  We’ve got you covered.  This is a frustrating and confusing time and we want your recovery, from the logistics to the healing, to be as seamless as possible.  We can provide supports, EMS, medical pillows, and more to aid in your recovery and help make you as comfortable as possible while your body heals.

What You Need To Know If You’ve Been In An Accident At Work In Philadelphia, PA

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.

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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.

Do I have to pay anything out of pocket after a work-related accident?

Employers are responsible for advising workers of their rights and duties under Section 306 (f.1)(1)(i) of the Workers’ Compensation Act. The written notice of these rights and duties is to be provided to the employee at the time of injury or as soon after the injury as is practicable. In the event of a work-related illness or injury, you are entitled, if covered under the Act, to the payment of related reasonable surgical and medical services rendered by a physician or other health care provider.

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.

Common Work-Related Injuries in Philadelphia, PA

Slips and Falls

This is one of the top reasons for a worker’s comp claim.  Icy, oily, or wet floors can exist in almost any workplace setting.  Unprotected holes, clutter, and poor lighting don’t help either.  A fall can result in broken limbs, concussions, whiplash, and subluxations.  A subluxation is a misalignment in the vertebrae that interferes with proper nerve function.  Irritation on the nerve can cause pain as well as dysfunction to whatever area of the body that nerve controls.  Only about 15% of our nerves’ responsibility is to transmit pain, the other 85% is to manage function.  A breakdown in nerve function leads to disease.

Overexertion

Taking pride in your work is a great value, but it also makes us susceptible to overexertion.  Muscle strains or repetitive motions can cause long-term debilitating pain and lead to a loss of the productivity we pride ourselves on.  It could be from lifting heavy objects with no breaks to something as simple as typing or moving a mouse with bad ergonomics.  Muscle strains may require soft tissue work to get rid of adhesions, functional exercises to improve muscle strength and balance, or chiropractic adjustments to correct spinal structure improving range of motion as well as our spine and muscle function.

Crashes and Collisions

From vehicular accidents on a construction site or warehouse to personal collisions in a restaurant kitchen or school hallway, there are many opportunities for accidental collisions.  Even in work environments where steps are taken to increase workplace safety, there are so many unforeseen possibilities.  Falling off of something, getting struck by something, being struck by something, having something fall on you, these scenarios can result in broken bones, lacerations, acute soft tissue injury, and muscle strains.  Chiropractic care after a workplace injury can help relieve pain fast and work to naturally restore the body to optimal health and function.

Whiplash

Whiplash doesn’t just occur in car accidents.  It is one of the most common injuries to occur after an accident.  Collision speeds between 5-10 mph are enough to cause damage to the soft tissue of the neck and a slip and fall can cause subluxations in the cervical spine.  At impact, your head will bend backward and then “whip” forward seriously damaging the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints in the neck, upper and lower back, and lead to a lot of problems.  Signs of whiplash can include:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Loss of range of motion in the neck
  • Headaches
  • Tingling and numbness in the arms
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory problems
  • Depression

Chiropractic whiplash treatment helps decrease inflammation, correct spinal structure, strengthen damaged soft tissue, and speed up recovery.  By optimizing the nervous system we also help protect you from future injuries.

Low Back Pain From A Workplace Injury

Back pain after an accident at work can be the result of whiplash, sprains and strains, spinal disc damage, and joint injuries.  It is also an epidemic amongst office workers whose posture deteriorates from spending their days sitting hunched over a computer.  In fact, lower back pain is the #1 cause of disability in the U.S.  Accidents and postural distortions can cause hypermobility or tear the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the lower back leaving the spine unstable and prone to muscle tension and spasms.

Spinal discs, which sit between each vertebra and act as a shock absorber, can also be injured in an accident.  If the fibrous exterior of the disc tears, the gelatinous nucleus can leak into the spinal canal and irritate the nerves causing intense pain and disruption to the nervous system.

You cannot medicate away a musculoskeletal issue.  Chiropractic care is the only fix for low back pain.  Ignoring these issues can lead to spinal degeneration which has no cure.

Concussion

You do not have to be involved in a car accident to get a concussion.  In fact, you can get a concussion even if you don’t sustain a blow to the head.  These traumatic brain injuries can also be caused by a violent shaking of the head and body.  It can occur with or without loss of consciousness and lead to temporary cognitive symptoms like:

  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Lack of coordination
  • Memory loss
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sleepiness
  • Excessive fatigue

There is no specific cure for a concussion, other than resting and restricting activities to allow the brain to recover, but when there is a concussion there are almost always issues found in the cervical spine.  Chiropractic adjustments and soft tissue work are two of the best treatment options for a concussion as they can work to correct damage to the cervical spine.

Neck Pain

Neck pain is the most common complaint after a work-related injury.  To limit the risk of chronic neck pain or other long-term issues, it’s crucial to see a chiropractor quickly after an accident.

Many times, neck pain is due to a condition called subluxation. Subluxation occurs when a bone or section of the spine shifts out of its normal position. This causes pressure and irritation to the nerves and affects how well your spine can move.  If subluxations are not corrected, over time they can cause degeneration to the joints and lead to arthritis.  Specific chiropractic adjustments to the spine remove pressure on the nerves and allow for improved joint mobility.  Correcting subluxations also restores nerve function which speeds up recovery from a workplace injury.  If the root cause of your problem is coming from a subluxation in the cervical spine, you will continue to have symptoms until it is addressed.  That is why chiropractic care is so crucial to eliminating neck pain.

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