Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of MedRisk’s 2017 Industry Trends Report, which uses internal analysis combined with external research to cover the latest developments in evidence-based physical therapy treatment and jurisdictional updates affecting musculoskeletal care in workers’ comp.
Key findings included that over the last 5 years, there has been movement toward more conservative care, including PT, with 34% fewer surgical cases for low back pain. The opioid epidemic has also prompted the medical community to use alternate therapies, and the CDC now considers physical therapy the preferred first treatment for chronic pain. The report also noted that there has been a 29% reduction in post-op care due to pre-op education, often delivered by physical therapists. Finally the report examines legislative and regulatory developments, including those impacting telemedicine.
Find out more (including a link to the free report!) by clicking here!