Chiropractors and Workers’ Compensation
A recent study, “Health Maintenance Care in Work-Related Low Back Pain and its Association with Disability Recurrence” has concluded that chiropractic care is a more effective treatment for common work related back pain then treatment by a physical therapist or a physician. Injured workers who were treated by chiropractors showed less disability reoccurrences, shorter times being unable to work due to a disability and lower medical expenses. After surveying nearly 900 workers who filed claims for lower back pain the researchers showed that preventative healthcare as suggested by chiropractors resulted in fewer reoccurrences of back pain.
There can be many challenges to getting chiropractic treatment while on workers compensation, due in part to fraud committed by workers who want to be able to claim a injury, and also in part to the politics of money. One claim in California by a party seeking to get chiropractic treatment removed from the states workers compensation treatment was that chiropractors pander to lawyers who build up injuries in order to make greater claims in personal injury suits. Others argue in favor of chiropractors saying that there will always be a few people who will seek to take advantages of the system and that chiropractic treatment should be judged based on its own merits, and the benefit it can give those who are treated. This is why despite the benefits of chiropractor, it can still be difficult to get workers compensation to pay for it; there are several steps you can take to make it a little easier to claim your chiropractor.
CLAIM YOUR INJURY
It might be tempting to not claim what seems like a small back injury, but it is crucial that you always file a claim if you are injured on the job. If you have been injured on the job, you should speak to your own attorney or insurance company to make sure you get the most out of your claim. It’s smarter to file a claim sooner than later to expedite the process of filing your claim. If you are claiming a particular injury on the job, your company will be responsible for the costs associated to the accident.
GO TO THE DOCTOR
After claiming the injury, see a doctor make sure you keep track and save all of your medical records, including everything from prescriptions to medical notes. If you have any medical notes indicating the injury was a direct result of the work accident, you may be able to file an even bigger claim.
KEEP GOING TO THE DOCTOR
Though it may seem obvious, it is crucial that you follow up with the doctor that prescribed you any medication or treatment associated to injuries incurred at work. Just like if you were given a prescription for the flu, you must complete your prescription for the chiropractor. If you continue to receive treatment or prescriptions from injuries that happened at work, keep or request a copy of all the bills related to your case, especially if you are unsure how your employer deals with worker’s compensation. It never hurts to have all your information on file anyways!
With advance treatments in the medical field, chiropractors have revolutionized the way they treat patients. In some cases, there may be non-invasive methods that your chiropractor can consider, but it’s best to discuss all of your options in depth.
If you are injured as an employee on the job, you may be entitled to certain financial benefits. It is important that you discuss all of the options you have available with your employer’s human resources department. If they will cover all of the costs related to your injuries, you may be in the clear, but it’s always wise to get an opinion from a reputable attorney, especially if they offer a free consultation.