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Is Chiropractic Care Always Covered by Workers Comp?

If you’ve been injured at work, you may want to see a chiropractor in order to get some relief from the pain. Chiropractic care can help realign your back, decrease or eliminate pain, and improve your range of motion. It’s also a great alternative to medication and surgery, something many people look for. But will your workers comp cover a chiropractor? Many people are hesitant to try chiropractic care because they’re worried workers comp won’t cover the treatment since it’s not traditional medical care.

Chiropractor Care Is Covered

However, chiropractic care is covered by workers’ compensation. If your employer has authorized you to seek medical treatment for your injury, you can visit a chiropractor without worry for a specific number of visits. The number of covered visits does vary from state to state, so it’s important to know what your specific state dictates. After that, you may need to fill out additional paperwork or have your chiropractor submit forms stating the need for continued treatment.

Even if these additional visits aren’t covered by your case, you can continue to see the chiropractor. You will, though, have to cover the costs yourself. Your employer cannot tell you to stop visiting the chiropractor or any other medical professional. Your employer also cannot require you to visit a specific chiropractor. Even with on-the-job injuries, you still retain the right to visit the medical care providers of your choice.

What About Extended Care?

Many people who make use of chiropractic care do need regular readjustments or treatments in order to remain pain-free. Unfortunately, you may find that you cannot have your workers comp claim continue to pay for this care forever. Many states simply don’t allow for that in order to prevent people from abusing the workers comp system. However, most patients do receive significant relief from the treatments that are covered.

Many chiropractors will work with employees who need additional treatments beyond what workers comp will pay for. In many cases, your medical insurance may also cover some or all of your chiropractic care. This, like many other parts of your healthcare coverage, greatly varies between insurance providers, so you’ll need to check if you have coverage or not.

If you do need chiropractic care in New York for your on-the-job injury, Maximum Orthopedics is here to help. Contact us today to make an appointment.

  • Posted on: Jul 29 2019
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Can I Do My Physical Therapy at Home?

If you need to do physical therapy, you may wonder if you can do it at home or if you always have to visit your physical therapist. This is a complicated question because it very often depends on your health, your injury, and what types of exercises you need to do. In some cases, you may be able to do your physical therapy on your own at home, but in other cases, that may not be the best idea.

You Should Work with a Physical Therapist in the Beginning

Your first several physical therapy sessions need to be done with a licensed physical therapist. You likely don’t know what exercises you need to do and may not know how to do them safely. Your physical therapist will teach you which exercises are needed to help regain your mobility and reduce pain. They will also make certain that you’re doing those exercises correctly. Doing the wrong exercises or doing the right exercises incorrectly can make your injuries worse.

Some Physical Therapy Exercises Need Specific Equipment

In some cases, you may not be able to do your physical therapy exercises at home because you don’t have the correct equipment. For example, if you’re working on strengthening your legs, you may need to walk between two sturdy handrails just in case you start to fall. You likely don’t have these handrails at home. There are a number of other types of exercise machines and equipment that you can use during physical therapy that may be too expensive or too large for home use. For example, some orthopedic physical therapy techniques make use of ultrasounds to help heal your injury.

You’ll Likely Have Physical Therapy “Homework” Anyway

Regardless of how often you need to visit your physical therapist, they are likely going to assign you some exercises to work on in between visits. These are often fairly basic exercises, but they’re designed to help you maintain your muscle density and flexibility in between treatments. It’s important that you perform these exercises as instructed. Otherwise, your recovery may take longer than expected.

If you need physical therapy, Maximum Orthopedics is here to assist you. Contact us today to make an appointment.

  • Posted on: Jul 15 2019
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