Workers Compensation & Auto Accidents
Injuries sustained from a car accident can be extremely stressful, burdensome and painful. The pain from your injuries can interfere with your day to day life and progress over time, which is why it is essential to initiate care as soon as possible.
Attending physical therapy after a car accident can help you speed up your recovery time. It can strengthen your muscles and improve your range of motion. When you are hurt in a car accident, you want to return to your life as quickly as possible. Physical therapy can help your body regain strength so you can reduce the amount of time it takes to see improvement and fully recover from your injuries.
At Lighthouse Physical Therapy we:
- Perform a thorough examination to determine the best course of action to provide the most beneficial symptom relief.
- Provide manual therapy and strengthening exercises
- Address issues involving joint, muscle, neurological, whiplash or vestibular
If you need help after injuring yourself on the job and have filed a claim, come see us. We listen carefully to fully evaluate your injury so we can recommend the best treatment option to get you back to work. As part of your care, we will also teach you safer working habits and help identify potential problems, so you can prevent injuries.
Does Workman’s Comp pay for Physical Therapy?
Worker’s compensation is a mandatory insurance program that is designed to ensure that workers who experience on-the-job injuries or job-related illnesses are compensated for medical care, lost wages and any type of long term disability resulting from these incidents.
Under workman’s comp employers (or their workers’ comp insurance carriers) are responsible for paying reasonably necessary medical treatment associated with a workplace injury. That means if the treating physician (the doctor, selected by the employer/insurance carrier, who is primarily responsible for overseeing the injured worker’s care) recommends particular treatments, therapies, specialists or medical devices, for instance, as necessary to the worker’s treatment and recovery, workers’ comp must pay for them – within the limits/guidelines of the workers’ comp program
Physical Therapy is often recommended by treating Physicians as reasonably necessary treatment, and therefore is often paid for by workman’s comp. This may include physical therapy treatment immediately after an injury to aid in recovery and/or rehabilitation, with workers’ comp footing the bills for short-term rehabilitation services deemed reasonably necessary to help the injured worker regain function and return to work.
So, what this means for you , as an injured worker, is that in order to get your physical therapy paid for by workman’s comp, your therapy must be ordered by an authorized treating physician as a medically necessary component of your overall injury treatment.
Generally, physical therapy will only be covered while that treating physician feels that you can benefit from therapy and are making progress with your recovery aided by that therapy. Once your doctor feels that you have reached your best level of recovery and rehabilitation (Maximum medical improvement) – coverage for physical therapy treatment is typically stopped.