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What to Expect from Your Workers' Compensation Exam

What to Expect from Your Workers' Compensation Exam

Establishing a new worker’s compensation claim and returning to work after an injury can be difficult. At Nevada Orthopedic and Spine Center in Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada, our compassionate team provides prompt and high-quality medical care to injured employees while supplying the employers with the information they need for employees to return to work. 

If you've sustained a work-related injury, you'll likely need a workers' compensation exam to assess your condition, determine the extent of your injuries, and facilitate your recovery. 

Here's what you can expect during and after your exam:

1. Comprehensive evaluation of work-related injuries

Our highly skilled orthopedic and spine physicians will comprehensively evaluate your work-related injuries during your workers' compensation exam. Our team offers appointments within 24 to 72 hours after an injury, and many of our physicians provide same-day appointments for acute injuries. We aim to accurately diagnose the specific health issues resulting from your workplace incident.

2. Detailed medical history

Our medical team begins by collecting your detailed medical history. We take the time to understand your work environment, the circumstances of your injury, and any pre-existing conditions that could influence your recovery. We thoroughly review your medical background and tailor the examination to your needs.

3. Physical examination

During the physical exam, our experienced physicians carefully assess your body's affected area(s) to identify any visible signs of injury. The examination involves checking for tenderness, swelling, range of motion limitations, muscle strength, and sensory changes. For instance, if you've suffered a back injury, we'll focus on the spine's alignment, mobility, and any neurological symptoms.

4. Diagnostic tests for accurate assessment

Depending on the nature of your injury, we may recommend diagnostic tests such as X-rays, MRI scans, or CT scans. These tests provide detailed images of your internal structures, helping us pinpoint the extent of damage, identify fractures or soft tissue injuries, and guide our treatment recommendations.

5. Establishing the connection to your work

Verifying your worker’s compensation claim involves demonstrating a clear connection between your injury and the work environment. Our medical team plays a vital role in documenting the specific work-related factors contributing to your injury. We complete physician progress reports and appointment notes and send the information to the case managers, insurance adjusters, and employers each time you visit the office. 

6. Collaborative approach to treatment planning

Beyond diagnosis, we collaborate closely with you to develop a tailored treatment plan. We consider your specific injury, medical history, and individual goals. Our comprehensive approach may involve orthopedic interventions, pain management techniques, physical therapy, or surgical options, depending on the severity of your condition.

7. Continual support and monitoring

Your journey to recovery doesn't end with the exam. Our dedicated team remains committed to your well-being, offering continuous support and monitoring as you undergo treatment. We track your progress, adjust treatment plans, and guide your recovery.

Our workers’ compensation department and medical team collaborate with you to ensure accurate verification of your claim, detailed documentation, and personalized treatment plans. For more information about our worker’s compensation exams and how we can help, call us today or schedule an appointment online at our Henderson or Las Vegas, Nevada, office. 

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