Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features WCRI’s announcement of a new webinar to review the findings of its recent study on the timing of physical therapy for low back pain, and whether it matters in workers’ compensation cases.
WCRI noted that for workers with low back pain (LBP) only injuries, early initiation of PT is associated with lower utilization and costs of medical services and shorter duration of temporary disability. The study focuses on claims with LBP-only injuries, recognizing that PT is often used as first-line treatment for LBP and other musculoskeletal injuries before considering opioid prescriptions and invasive procedures. In the webinar the study authors will review how often workers with LBP-only injuries receive early vs. late PT; factors that may have considerable influence on PT timing and outcomes; and will answer questions on the study.
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