Chiropractic has been shown to be one of the best methods of treating many work-related injuries, both in cost and effectiveness. Statistics reveal that satisfaction rates of injured workers are rated highest for chiropractic treatment.
Washington State Workman’s Compensation allows injured workers to directly access both chiropractors and medical doctors following an injury at work. Both a chiropractor and a medical doctor may submit assessment information to the Workman’s Compensation Board for the purpose of review and determination of entitlement of your claim. Our staff will work with you to properly open your claim, and get the care you need, with no out-of-pocket expense to you.
What Do Workmans’ Compensation Studies Reveal?
In 1985-1986, claims for 10,000 patients receiving standard medical care were disabled for 59 days. Patients receiving chiropractic care were disabled for 39 days. Because of the shortened disability time, the average cost of chiropractic care was less than half of the cost for medical care treatment for the same conditions.
A study of 3,062 back injury claims revealed chiropractic cost a fraction of what medical care would have cost. Patients receiving medical care returned to work after 21 days. Patients receiving chiropractic treatment returned to work after 3 days.
An Oregon study revealed that 41% of patients receiving medical care were able to return to work after one week; and 82% of patients receiving chiropractic care were able to return to work after one week.
The standard approach to back pain by medical doctors varies depending on the severity of the condition. Medications are often prescribed, and the plan of care may include muscle relaxants, pain killers, and rest. If the patient doesn’t recover, they may be referred to another clinician who may use traction, diathermy, ultrasound, hot/cold packs, rehabilitation, and other procedures (including surgery). According to some studies, more than half of all spinal surgery for lower back problems should never have been performed. Surgery of the back should be a last resort. Studies have shown that about 1/3 of the patients get better, 1/3 stay the same, and 1/3 get worse after surgery.
Don’t wait to see if your discomfort will get better on its own. That choice may cause chronic pain, or more advanced problems, which may be prevented. Our doctors will work with you on activity modification, proper work ergonomics, exercise that may include stretching or strengthening, and proper body mechanics. Receive safe and effective care to preserve your health and restore your performance at work.
Wickizer T M, Franklin G, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner J A, Mootz R, and Smith-Weller T. Patient Satisfaction, Treatment Experience, and Disability Outcomes in a Population-Based Cohort of Injured Workers in Washington State: Implications for Quality Improvement. Health Services Research. August 2004;39(4 Pt 1): 727 – 748.
Jarvis, K., Phillips, R. & Morris, E.A Workers’ Compensation Fund of Utah, 1991.
A study of time loss back claims. Portland, OR: Workmen’s Compensation Board, State of Oregon, March 1971.