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Improving Your Workplace Wellness (2)

New Guidance Mandates PT, Conservative Care Before Back Surgery

Updated June 21, 2018 Originally published February 02, 2018

Lumbar fusion surgery should not be the first line treatment for a majority of Ohio’s injured workers with back pain, according to a new rule. The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation implemented the guideline Jan.1, to curb unnecessary back surgeries and reduce the risk of opioid abuse. It is said to be the most restrictive rule of its kind in the workers’ compensation system.

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Use PT to Rein In Musculoskeletal Pain and Costs

Updated June 9, 2021 Originally published January 25, 2018

$980.1 billion per year. That is the latest estimated annual cost to society of musculoskeletal (MS) disease. The figure represents 5.76 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product — up from 3.44 percent of the GDP two decades ago.

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Third-party Administrator’s 2018 Predictions Target Opioid Crisis

Updated June 9, 2021 Originally published January 19, 2018

It is heartening to see the workers’ compensation system continuing the battle to prevent opioid abuse, misuse and diversion. While our industry has done a tremendous job in combatting the problem, it is by no means a done deal. The statistics still paint a horrific picture of the issue. The government estimates more than 100 people die daily as a result of opioid abuse.

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Better Outcomes Ahead with PT Changes

Updated June 9, 2021 Originally published January 10, 2018

Changes are afoot in the physical therapy profession and that’s good news for injured workers. The cookie cutter-approach is being replaced with more evidence based techniques. What’s more, we see a distinct trend toward more hands-on, less modality-based PT.

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How to Keep WC Claims Down During Flu Season

Updated June 9, 2021 Originally published January 04, 2018

As physical therapists, we are able to provide relief for most causes of soft tissue aches and pains among workers. But the one source of pain over which we have little control is that associated with the flu.

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My New year’s Resolution: Better Outcomes for All...

Updated June 9, 2021 Originally published December 28, 2017

The end of one year and start of another is a great time to assess the work we do and see how we can improve things going forward. One of my professional New Year’s resolutions is to look for ways to better serve the people we work with, especially injured workers and their employers.   

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Treat Injured Workers With Kindness for Optimal Results

Updated June 9, 2021 Originally published November 27, 2017

Customer service is key to outcomes for injured workers. That’s why I’m especially proud of the way we work with injured workers. Treating people with respect and compassion leads to better results — for employees, their employers and their carriers and third-party administrators.

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Stand Up for Fewer Workers’ Comp Injuries...

Updated June 9, 2021 Originally published November 02, 2017

There’s a new health problem impacting workers of all ages. It’s call ‘Sitting Disease.’ It’s actually just a catchy term referring to the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle. But it perfectly describes the cause of many aches and pains — and workers’ compensation claims.

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