While on the job accidents can happen at any time to anyone, one category of worker’s compensation injury that is considered to be the most preventable are those affecting the musculoskeletal system of the human body.
Musculoskeletal injuries are those relating to the bones, tendons, ligaments, joints, nerves, and muscles of the body. Worker’s compensation claims for the neck, back, shoulders, knees, ankles, legs, and wrists are the most common for insurance providers. Injuries involving these body parts can range from minor strains and sprains to more severe damage that causes a lot of pain and potentially can put the worker off the job for a lengthy period of time.
Treating Musculoskeletal Injuries
The physician category for treating musculoskeletal worker’s compensation injuries is typically a general physician as well as the specialty orthopedic physician. Specific treatment will be dependent upon the nature and extent of the injury.
Typically, musculoskeletal injuries will require diagnostic testing including x-rays, ultrasounds, and blood work. The following is a general list of what to expect for treating various musculoskeletal injuries:
- X-Rays – used to diagnose broken or fractured bones
- CT Scan – used to confirm fractures and breaks if x-ray does not provide sufficient details.
- MRI – used to identify more in-depth issues not adequately captured by CT scans. They can provide detailed images of joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments to identify specific conditions or medical problems.
Once the physician has looked at the results of the scans or x-rays, proper treatment will be determined which can include surgical procedures, physical therapy, medical treatment, and immobilization of the injured body parts. In addition to the prescription treatment instituted by the doctor, work and activity provisions will be noted that restrict or limit a person’s ability to function during the course of treatment.