Our Phoenix pain management physicians specialize in treating workplace injuries through workers’ compensation. We understand that your injury can lead to lost work time, be painful, and cause your family much expense. Our goal is the same as yours—to get you back to work as quickly as possible. We provide cost-effective workers’ compensation injury treatment of the highest quality.
In a 2016 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workplaces reported 2.9 million injuries in the private industry, which was a rate of 3 per 100 full-time employees. In addition, there were 48,000 occupational illnesses, which was around 5% of all nonfatal claims. Of these incidents, nearly 2.1 million injuries occurred in service-providing industries, which employed around 83% of the private industry workforce.
When you come to see one of our physicians, we aim to provide pain relief for your injury. First, we must diagnose your problem This involves a comprehensive physical examination, functional capacity evaluations, and diagnostic testing. Diagnosing the exact origin of your pain is essential for proper treatment.
In most cases, the Phoenix workers compensation doctor uses a diagnostic block test to see if the suspected area is indeed the source of pain. Because pain radiates to other body areas when nerve roots are compressed or injured, the block will help determine which nerves are responsible for the pain.
The pain management specialist in Phoenix aims to treat the underlying cause of your pain, rather than just the symptoms. Whether you suffer from whiplash, or have suffered a herniated disc, we treat your condition using a combination of medications, therapy, and interventional pain management techniques.
Common Workers’ Comp Injuries
Depending on the type of work you do, and how you were injured, treatment varies. Common workers’ comp injuries include:
- Lumbar strain
- Cervical strain
- Ankle sprain
- Ligament tears
- Rotator cuff tears
- Knee ligament injuries
- Herniated disc
- Bulging disc
- Lumbar radiculopathy
- Concussion with headaches
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Joint pain due to strain, subluxation, or dislocation
Interventional Techniques for Workers’ Compensation Injuries
- Epidural steroid injections (ESIs) – Often given in a series of 3 spaced 3-6 weeks apart, ESIs are used to take away inflammation from nerve roots. When a nerve is compressed or irritated, it causes radiating pain, either down an arm, a leg, the buttocks, or to the foot. This radicular pain is related to compressed nerves. With the ESI, a corticosteroid and anesthetic agent are placed into the epidural space, which surrounds spinal nerves.
- Medial branch block – The tiny facet joints are located on either side of each vertebra, holding the bones together so the spine can twist and bend. Inside and near these joints are tiny nerves, which are easily inflamed. The medial branch block involves inserting a small needle through the joint and injecting an anesthetic or neurolytic agent onto the affected nerves.
- Selective nerve root block – When an arm or a leg is affected by nerve pain, the doctor may choose to perform a selective nerve root bock. This involves a single injection to one particular nerve. This block is often used as a diagnostic tool, so the doctor can determine where the pain arises from.
- Radiofrequency ablation – When nerves are painful, they can be destroyed with radiofrequency energy. This procedure is done similar to a block, but the radiofrequency energy destroys a portion of the nerve, offering long-term pain relief.
- Joint injections – The pain management specialist may inject your joint, using stem cells, platelet-rich plasma, prolotherapy, or a corticosteroid. This is a simple office procedure that requires no sedation or anesthesia.
Before and After Procedures
Before every interventional pain management procedure, the doctor reviews the risks and benefits and has you sign a consent form. You cannot eat/drink after midnight before the procedure, should arrange to have someone drive you home, and cannot work for 1-7 days, depending on the procedure.
Notify the Phoenix pain doctor of any medications you take, as certain drugs that thin the blood must be held for a few days. The procedures are usually performed using a mild sedative, which is administered into the vein (IV). After your procedure, a nurse monitors you for around 45 minutes, and you are given written discharge instructions.
Pain and Spine Clinics offers exceptional treatment for patients who need relief under an Arizona workers’ compensation claim. Our patients have a very high return to work rate and are able to get back to playing with their kids, participating in recreational activities and providing for their families.
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Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017). Employer-Reported Workplace Injury and Illness Summary. Retrieved from: https://www.bls.gov/news.release/osh.nr0.htm