Work Injuries & Workers’ Comp Services
There are an estimated four million workers injured on the job in the United States every year. These injuries range from traumatic to chronic. The most usual organs involved are in the head, lungs, spine, back, hands, arms, legs and eyes. Work injuries can occur in an industrial and office setting. Causes of work injuries include exposure to hazards, manual handling of heavy items, misuse of equipment, poor ergonomics, failure of equipment and co-worker error.
The current Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation (BWC) system can be difficult to understand and navigate as an injured worker in Ohio. Our physicians are Ohio BWC certified, and we are currently accepting injured worker cases as physician of record (POR) for new and old cases. Many family physicians and specialists no longer accept Ohio BWC patients as POR, leaving many injured workers with no way to get the necessary treatment, have the necessary paperwork filled out, and compensation forms completed.
We accept workers comp patients which may or may not need care in our office. As Certified Ohio BWC physicians we can manage your case as POR and still get you the care and treatment that is appropriate and necessary, even if it is not a case that requires chiropractic care. We work closely with many medical physicians and specialists if your case is in need of medical care or you need to see a specialist.
An initial consultation and examination does not need pre-certified, and you do not need to have a referral to see us. We have highly trained staff that can help with the necessary paperwork and make sure your case is handled correctly, and you get the necessary treatment to properly heal your injury and return you to work.
Injuries from work accidents can be debilitating and should be addressed immediately so that chronic problems do not persist. Advanced Chiropractic & Rehab, Inc. is the smart choice to better health in the Youngstown / Mahoning Valley area. We have the knowledge and experience to help patients recover from most work accident injuries. Contact us to start the healing process in our Boardman, Hubbard or Kinsman offices.
Workers’ Compensation Services
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Returning to work following an injury can be difficult. There are physical, mental and emotional barriers that need to be overcome in order to return to work at full capacity. Knowing that there is someone out there who can help you make that transition back to work as smooth and safe as possible is a step in the right direction. From the initial injury through the closure of the case, Advanced Chiropractic & Rehab, Inc. coordinates the care and communicate with all parties involved to help ensure a successful return to work for the injured worker.
Advanced Chiropractic and Rehab, Inc. provides all their workers’ compensation needs from industrial rehabilitation, work conditioning/hardening, and/or Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE). Presenting all these services in one place ensures that the highest quality care is offered from start to finish, all in a friendly, cost-effective, and outcome-oriented environment.
We believe that helping the worker perform to the best of their ability allows them to be productive and more content with their life. That is why Advanced Chiropractic & Rehab, Inc. offers comprehensive programs for work related injuries, so the employee can return to work at the same or better level than before the injury. We put into practice the latest techniques in both physical medicine and industrial rehabilitation methods. Our services are personalized, quality programs that give the injured worker the strength, endurance and confidence to make a safe return to work.
When an injured worker is ready to take the next step toward returning to work, they may benefit from participating in a Work Conditioning/Hardening Program. The objective of the Work Conditioning/Hardening Program is to bridge the gap between acute care and returning to work. This is accomplished with a focus on following a comprehensive, multidisciplinary plan that develops strength, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, and motor control. Furthermore, the program is designed to progressively improve the biomechanical, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, metabolic, and psychosocial functions of the worker to meet on-the-job demands that have been limited due to injury. Our sessions are highly structured, goal oriented, and individualized for each client making the sessions formulated to maximize functional outcomes in order for the participant to return to work without restrictions as quickly and safely as possible.
Advanced Chiropractic and Rehab, Inc. makes it our goal to have excellent communication with complete transparency for all involved parties (physicians, attorneys, workers’ compensation case managers, and employers) when it comes to addressing the clients’ progress in the program. Therefore, Advanced Chiropractic & Rehab provides weekly evaluations to determine the effectiveness of the client’s program in addition to determining if continued treatment is medically necessary.
Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)
A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is a comprehensive evaluation that objectively measures a worker’s physical capabilities and tolerances through a variety of lifts and activities. During this scientifically developed assessment a client’s strength, endurance, physical demand level and positional tolerance will be measured to determine safe lifting guidelines for a possible return to work. Our FCEs are peer-reviewed, validity-based, and legally defensible in the field of occupational rehabilitation. Our facility has a certified Functional Capacity Evaluator (CFCE) on hand to administer the FCE to ensure safety, reliability, validity, and practicality.
Advanced Chiropractic & Rehab, Inc. offers three types of evaluations: Baseline FCE, Job-Specific FCE, and Upper Extremity FCE. Each type of evaluation uses standardized tests and equipment to objectively determine a client’s safe and functional levels for a return to work and case closure. Across the board, the FCEs call on an expansive range of physical effort assessments such as isometric, biomechanical, cardiovascular, and behavioral. The Job-Specific FCE takes it one step further to add in elements of the job description provided by the employer. This sets the work tolerances with specific parameters and the use of structured work simulations. The Upper Extremity FCE will include extra activities that involve tasks specifically geared towards the upper extremity. These tasks are range of motion, strength, sensation, hand and arm coordination as well as work specific testing (such a tool use, keyboarding, etc).
Results are presented in a clear and concise report that is easy to read. The outcomes are utilized to:
- a) determine safe job matches for return to work;
- b) determine the level of reasonable accommodations necessary for reinstating an injured worker
- c) make recommendations regarding future interventions.
Additionally, the results of the FCE may be used by the physician to make a disability rating for insurance purposes.
Injured Worker’s Rights
Injured workers in the state of Ohio are entitled to a number of rights. The doctors at Advanced Chiropractic & Rehab are certified with the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation and we are currently accepting injured worker cases as physician of record (POR) for new and old cases. We team with worker’s to help ensure they are covered by the following rights:
- An Ohio injured worker has the right to choose a physician of his/her choice, to include Doctors of Chiropractic, Osteopathy, or Medicine.
- Your employer may direct you to a facility of their choice; however you have the right to visit any BWC certified provider.
- The injured worker has the right to change his/her treating physician at any point in time.
- The injured worker has the first right to file a claim for an injury sustained during the course of and arising out of his/her work duties/employment.
- The injured worker has the right to have all health care services relating to your work injury paid in full.
- The injured worker has the right to be compensated for any missed/lost time at work as defined by Ohio law.
- The injured worker has the right to file a Worker’s Compensation claim without the fear of retribution of discrimination.
- The injured worker has the right to appeal and follow due process for any and all managed care decisions affecting your choice of care.
- The injured worker has the right to seek legal counsel for representation on your behalf.
- The injured worker has the right to participate or not participate in any/all rehabilitation programs available thru the Workers’ Compensation system.
- The injured worker has the right to a quality independent medical examination when required in your claim.
- The injured worker has the right to receive ongoing supportive (Chiropractic, Osteopathic, Medical) care, which may be therapeutically necessary to maintain a level of functional mobility.
Advanced Chiropractic & Rehab is the smart choice to better health in the Youngstown / Mahoning Valley area. Contact us to start the healing process in our Boardman, Hubbard or Kinsman offices.