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Back Pain - Workers Comp

Given the importance of your spine, it's not at all surprising that when injured, the consequences can be both painful and disabling.

Our doctors specialize in on-the-job injuries, including: Back injuries, slipped discs, herniated discs, and spinal cord injury.

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Injuries from falls: Work-related falls are the third most common cause of death to workers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | New York.

Injuries from auto accidents: Someone is injured by a car crash every 14 seconds and about two million of the people injured in car accidents each year suffer permanent injuries.

If you've sustained an on-the-job injury, you are entitled to receive workers' compensation benefits, including medical care and wage benefits. See a New York doctor today and get the correct diagnosis. Our doctors can help you file a workers' compensation claim.

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However, according to various estimates (that vary slightly depending on source), roughly 80 percent of Americans will experience back pain at least once in their lifetime.

Statistics indicate that back pain occurs between the ages of 25 and 60 and affects both men and women.

This pain generally has less to do with the vertebrae itself, and more to do with the muscles and ligaments that stabilize and support the spine.

Spinal muscles attach to the spine and add to its stability. The muscles expand and contract as the spine moves into various positions; however, when a particular position puts too much strain on a muscle (or muscle group) that muscle can tense up and/or spasm, resulting in various degrees of pain/discomfort, generally in the lower back area.

As common as back pain is, even more people will experience neck pain at some point in their lives. That's because it doesn't take severe strain or injury to prompt pain or discomfort. Instead, it's often the result of poor posture and/or improper workplace ergonomics.

When to Seek Help

For many people, back and neck pain will pass in a few days - especially when the injury (or "tweak") is rather minor or triggered by a relatively infrequent activity (e.g., shoveling the snow from your driveway).

However, there are times when a workplace incident, car accident or other injury is severe enough to affect a person's ability to live the life that they knew before pain and injury.

People who are more athletic, for example, may find it difficult to return to what they consider 100%, even if they're able to regain a full range of motion as defined by "normal standards." Likewise, people whose occupation requires a certain repetitive motion may find that they continue to experience pain, and even exacerbate (or aggravate) their injury.

If you're experiencing neck pain, stiffness, loss of normal range of motion, spasms, pain radiating to back of head, ear or shoulders, painful range of motion, tingling numbness, "pins & needles," low back pain, muscle pain with specific trigger or tender points, it's a good idea to speak with a board-certified physician—before the condition gets worse.

If the pain and/or limited motion persists for more than three months, it's considered chronic and you should consult with a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) specialist right away.

Why Should I See a Doctor?

Physiatrists are uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal pain and injury because it's the focus of their education and training.

Physiatrists complete four years of medical school, plus an additional four years of residency training, and many go on to complete fellowships in various specialties. In order to become a board-certified physiatrist, physicians must then pass comprehensive tests (oral and written) administered by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPM&R) or the American Osteopathic Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AOBPM&R).

Physiatrists will assess your condition, needs and expectations thoroughly and develop a tailor-made treatment regimen.

Helping NYC Injured Workers

Treatment for your injury from a workplace accident, may be paid for by your insurance for years to come. Find a doctor in New York (NY), who accepts worker's compensation insurance in Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, Nassau Suffolk County, and Long Island, NY .

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TOP 10 REASONS to Visit a Back Pain Doctor - Physiatrist

  • 1. Physiatry is a medical specialty
  • 2. Physiatrists are medical doctors (M.D.s and D.O.s)
  • 3. Physiatrists treat the whole person, not just a condition
  • 4. Physiatrists use the latest treatments and modalities
  • 5. No problem is ever too small or too big for a physiatrist
  • 6. Physiatry treatment is highly individualized to meet the specific needs of the patient
  • 7. Physiatry can often help people avoid surgery
  • 8. The physiatrist's job is restore as much function and independence as possible—to put the pieces of people's lives back together
  • 9. The physiatrist works with a team of health care professionals that includes physicians of other medical specialties, and therapists
  • 10. Physiatrists can help with acute and chronic pain management issues