opioids and workers compensation

Reducing Your Opioid Medications

We have already written about the attacks injured workers can expect from insurance companies on medication.  Litigation is a poor process to bring about changes in medication regimens; nevertheless, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently developed and published guidelines for physicians regarding the prescription of opioid medications that will almost certainly play a role in how judges view opioid pain medication usage by injured workers within the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation system.

Physical therapy is one option for injured workers seeking to reduce chronic pain. The American Physical Therapy Association provides some guidance for how physical therapy may help pain:

  • It provides exercise specific to individualized goals and needs that may reduce pain
  • It provides manual therapy that tends to reduce pain and improve movement
  • It provides education about your pain that can help you understand your pain history and set realistic goals for your treatment
  • It fosters teamwork that allows a therapist to be directly involved with your pain and adjust treatment accordingly.

Are you attending physical therapy because of a work injury you sustained?  If so, we would like to talk to you about some of the pitfalls you can face in the workers’ compensation system.


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