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Avoid the ‘Weekend Warrior’ Dilemma

Posted by Danny Sanchez, PT, CEAS on February 14, 2018

Watching the Winter Olympics can be a great inspiration to get into an exercise regimen, especially if you’ve been fairly sedentary since the holidays started. But before you head to the ice to try a triple axel or a quad lutz it’s important to make sure your body is ready; otherwise, you may find yourself sore at the very least, and possibly with severe injuries.

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Take Steps to Prevent The Top WC Injury

Posted by Danny Sanchez, PT, CEAS on February 09, 2018

The shoulder injury is now America’s #1 injury in terms of frequency and cost per claim. That comment, by the director of Workers’ Compensation, Corporate Insurance & Risk Management for American Airlines, comes despite the fact that many of these injuries are easily preventable. It should serve as a wakeup call for employers to do everything they can to prevent and lessen the impact of these injuries.

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New Guidance Mandates PT, Conservative Care Before Back Surgery

Posted by Danny Sanchez, PT, CEAS on February 02, 2018

Lumbar fusion surgery should not be the first line treatment for a majority of Ohio’s injured workers with back pain, according to a new rule. The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation implemented the guideline Jan.1, to curb unnecessary back surgeries and reduce the risk of opioid abuse. It is said to be the most restrictive rule of its kind in the workers’ compensation system.

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Use PT to Rein In Musculoskeletal Pain and Costs

Posted by Danny Sanchez, PT, CEAS on January 25, 2018

$980.1 billion per year. That is the latest estimated annual cost to society of musculoskeletal (MS) disease. The figure represents 5.76 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product — up from 3.44 percent of the GDP two decades ago.

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Third-party Administrator’s 2018 Predictions Target Opioid Crisis

Posted by Danny Sanchez, PT, CEAS on January 19, 2018

It is heartening to see the workers’ compensation system continuing the battle to prevent opioid abuse, misuse and diversion. While our industry has done a tremendous job in combatting the problem, it is by no means a done deal. The statistics still paint a horrific picture of the issue. The government estimates more than 100 people die daily as a result of opioid abuse.

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Better Outcomes Ahead with PT Changes

Posted by Danny Sanchez, PT, CEAS on January 10, 2018

Changes are afoot in the physical therapy profession and that’s good news for injured workers. The cookie cutter-approach is being replaced with more evidence based techniques. What’s more, we see a distinct trend toward more hands-on, less modality-based PT.

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How to Keep WC Claims Down During Flu Season

Posted by Danny Sanchez, PT, CEAS on January 04, 2018

As physical therapists, we are able to provide relief for most causes of soft tissue aches and pains among workers. But the one source of pain over which we have little control is that associated with the flu.

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My New year’s Resolution: Better Outcomes for All...

Posted by Danny Sanchez, PT, CEAS on December 28, 2017

The end of one year and start of another is a great time to assess the work we do and see how we can improve things going forward. One of my professional New Year’s resolutions is to look for ways to better serve the people we work with, especially injured workers and their employers.   

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