Work-Injury Protocols Outdated; Fail to Include Orthopedists

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Although employer and worker’s compensation protocols for addressing work-related accidents may be slow to change, Dr. Badia advises employees to take personal responsibility by:

  • Participating in company safety training programs and checking instructional safety manuals before proceeding with a task.
  • Reporting or cleaning up spills on floors to prevent others from slipping and falling.
  • Learning – and applying — proper lifting techniques.
  • Keeping work areas clean.
  • Practicing correct posture when sitting for long periods at a desk.
  • Taking frequent “micro” work breaks whenever possible.
  • Make sure that you are being referred to the right specialist for your work related injury to avoid further suffering and costs.

MIAMI — More than 90 percent of all work-related trauma is orthopedic in nature, yet oftentimes the injured employee is sent to an occupational health center – or even a hospital emergency department — where practitioners may have limited knowledge for treating musculoskeletal problems, according to Miami-based orthopedic surgeon and founder of OrthoNOW Alejandro Badia, MD.

He warns that failure to promptly direct the injured patient to a board-certified orthopedic specialist can substantially delay an employee’s return to work and prove ultimately costlier for both patient and the patient’s employer.

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Seeing the right clinician at the right time is what will get valuable workers back to their jobs faster and more cost-effectively, reduce overall workers compensation liability, avoid early retirement, and limit chances that the employee’s injury will develop into a more complex, longer-term problem because of treatment delays