Workers Compensation and Back Pain

Workers Compensation and Back Pain The spine, the most important part of the body, is the central point for the body,allowing structure and support. An injury in the workplace or from a moving vehicle accident will effect the spine, causing unbearable pain. The spinal cord is a column of nerves that connects your brain with the rest of your body, allowing you to control your movements. Without a spinal cord, you could not move any part of your body, and your organs could not function. This is why keeping your spine healthy is vital if you want to live an active life.1 1.Source: Anatomy and Function | University of Maryland Medical Center About 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes. Back pain is one of the most common reason for visiting a pain doctor according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH), reportedly a contributing factor to employees taking time off from work. Low back pain is defined as pain that lasts between 4 and 12 weeks. If you have injured your back in a work accident, stretching / overuse related to your job and live in Brooklyn, NY Dr. Saulle Nunzio can provide you with the appropriate pain management treatment to set you on the right path to recovery -- and get you back to work. Injuries that were sustained as a resulting from a job accident or overuse, can YES cause back pain. You under New York Law will be covered by workers compensation. Any employee that has a job that requires him or her to lift heavy items, have a repetitive awkward body posture and vibration, can experience chronic pain as well as psycho-social, socioeconomic suffering. Dr. Saulle Nunzio specializes in mechanical back disorders, Return-to-work evaluations, rehabilitation and prevention treatments involving the injured worker. New York State Workers' Compensation Board (On-the-Job Injury or Illness) What To Do If You Are Injured On The Job If you are injured on the job, you must follow these simple steps: OBTAIN first aid or other necessary medical treatment as soon as possible. The treating health care provider must be authorized by the Workers' Compensation Board, except in an emergency situation. You can find out more information about authorized providers and locate authorized providers in the Injured Workers or Health Care Providers sections of this website or by calling 1-800-781-2362. If your employer has been authorized to participate in a Preferred Provider Organization(PPO) or Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) program, you may be required to obtain medical treatment from a participating health care provider. Participating employers are required to notify their employees, in writing, of all information pertaining to a PPO or ADR program. Also, if you are in need of diagnostic tests or prescription medicine, your employer or your workers' compensation insurance carrier may require you to obtain your tests or your medicine from a diagnostic network or designated pharmacies or a network of pharmacies they have contracted with. It is required that you receive written notice if you are required to utilize a diagnostic network or designated pharmacies or a network of pharmacies. Read More: You, as the injured worker must choose a qualified pain management specialist that is New York board certified, in order to protect your workers compensation claim. You must dot your "i's" and cross your "t's". Doctor Saulle Nunzio will fill out a medical report stating that a work-related accident or condition was the cause of the injury, illness or disability. This is the only absolute way your workers compensation claim will be considered. NJS Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, P.C. Workers Comp Dr. 1178 Flatbush Ave Brooklyn, NY 11226 (718) 940-8200 Pain Management Physician Today 8:30 am – 7:30 pm

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