Category: Spinal Cord Injury | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: October 11, 2018
Three of the most common types of back injuries we see are from automobile accidents, athletic injuries and on the job injuries. Today, we’re going to take a look at spine injuries on the job and explain why it’s so important to find a provider you can trust after an injury, even if it doesn’t force you to miss time from work.
On the job injuries account for millions of missed days of productivity, and the most common location of injury is to the spine. Whether you’re lifting and bending to move objects, performing repetitive motions with your back or you slip and land hard on your back, it’s easy to see how your spine can be injured while you’re on the clock. Dr. Sinicropi has performed countless individual medical exams for patients who were injured at work, and they can vouch for his thoroughness and commitment to their health.
Why A Diagnosis is So Important After A Back Injury At Work
Finding a provider you can trust after a back injury at work is imperative, and it’s easier said than done. If your back injury is serious enough to inhibit your ability to perform all necessary tasks or it keeps you out of work completely, you will probably consider filing for workers’ compensation. You’ll need to report the injury to your employer and then seek out an independent medical exam.
Your employer may attempt to steer you towards a certain provider. You have a legal right to choose your evaluating provider, so think carefully about going with their choice. That doctor may have a history of providing favorable diagnoses for the employer, which limits your ability to collect compensation. Instead, find a neutral and thorough doctor like Dr. Sinicropi.
If you visit our clinic after a work injury, the first thing we’re going to do is ask you a few questions. We’re going to want to know about your family history, when symptoms first started, if there was trauma or an acute moment of injury and what type of symptoms you’re dealing with. We’re also going to ask you about your work duties. Be as descriptive as possible and really think about all the tasks you’re called to perform on a daily or semi-regular basis.
Finally, we’re going to conduct a physical exam, ask you to perform some actions like walking, bending or lifting, and we may conduct some imaging tests. Not only will this provide us with an accurate diagnosis, but it can help us understand which activities you can’t perform at work and what limitations may need to be put in place. For example, you may need to be put on light duty, or you may be told that you should not lift anything over 25 pounds for two weeks. For more serious injuries, we can provide you with a temporary or permanent disability rating that can help in your pursuit of compensation.
Back Injury Doctor
Without a proper diagnosis, or if your evaluation is incomplete, you may have a difficult time getting compensation from your employer’s insurance company. Because the spine is such a complex system, spine injuries can linger and have lifelong effects, so it’s crucial that you get the medical attention and compensation you deserve. We know what’s on the line, and we can help you medically and from a compensation standpoint. If you live in the greater Twin Cities area and need a spine evaluation after a work injury, please reach out to Dr. Sinicropi and his experienced team today.