Follow up with your physical therapist
Worker’s compensation attorneys will advise you to take your physical therapy treatments very seriously. A great majority of the injuries that are suffered on the job require some level of physical therapy. It is almost routine procedure that after your first doctor visit, you are referred to a physical therapy clinic for the appropriate level of rehabilitation. Physical therapy is not just for massage and muscle relief.
Physical therapists are an integral part of the healthcare team, and their expertise is in movement science. Their job is to help you achieve your highest level of physical function, regardless of your condition. This means that even patients with paralysis and loss of function will be expected to work with physical therapists, as well as occupational therapists. It is important to remember that if you are referred to a physical therapist, this is as important as any medication or doctor visit. Failure to cooperate or participate in physical therapy could jeopardize your claim.
A valuable source of information
It is highly probable that the physical therapist will see you with greater frequency than the supervising physician. Doctor appointments might be only a few times each month. On the other hand, therapists may work with you 3 or 4 times per week, over a number of weeks, or even years, dependent upon the extent of your injury. The therapist can be a firsthand professional who can gauge your pain level before, during, and after completion of the therapy. The physical therapist will keep accurate and detailed records on your pain complaints, your ability to perform certain exercises, and your overall progress during the program.
The physical therapist is also a valuable source of information for your physician. If your doctor has no idea what you are doing in therapy, he or she cannot properly assess if you need more therapy or if you have reached your optimal ability. Your complaints and feedback is just as important in physical therapy notes as they are in medical notes from the physician. Be aware that many companies can try to require that you see the physician and physical therapists of their choosing; this can often lead to a conflict of interest, as the provider is being paid by the company against whom you have a claim. It is always advisable to consult a worker’s compensation attorney for clarification of your rights and choices in such situations.
Worker’s compensation lawyer in North Carolina
The Olive Law Firm of Charlotte, NC, is committed to helping honest, hardworking people get the compensation and treatment they deserve following a work injury. You should not try to handle your case alone. No matter what your situation is, they can help you know your rights. The Olive Law Firm has been helping Carolinians understand their rights and seek justice since 1957. Call their offices for a complimentary consultation with a worker’s compensation attorney in English or Spanish.