Workers Compensation & Legal

 WORKERS COMPENSATION
ORTHOPEDIC DOCTORS IN KANSAS CITY

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BACK INJURIES

Spine injuries from the workplace include acute disc injuries such as annular tears and disc herniations, facet and sacroiliac joint sprains and muscle strains.

SYMPTOMS

  • Pain
  • Stiffness

TREATMENTS

Nonsurgical

  • Activity Modifications
  • Physical Therapy
  • Home Exercise Programs
  • Medications (very limited opioid utilization)
  • Ultrasound Guided Injections

Surgical

  • Laminectomy
  • Discectomy
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Flouroscopic Injections (epidural, hip, sacro-iliac, facet)

REPETITIVE MOTION

Repetitive motion conditions can include tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and bursitis. Overuse injuries can affect many areas of the body. Often such diagnostic tests as EMG and NCS are performed in diagnosing issues arising from repetitive motions.

SYMPTOMS

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Pain
  • Burning
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling

TREATMENTS

Nonsurgical

  • Immobilization
  • Bracing/Splinting/Casting
  • Anti-inflammatory Medication
  • Job Modifications
  • Cortisone Injections
  • Physical Therapy

Surgical

  • Nerve Decompression

FRACTURES

Fractures are less common in the workplace, but can occur from falling objects, falling and other crushing accidents on the jobsite. They are usually identified immediately and should receive immediate orthopedic attention.

SYMPTOMS

  • Deformity
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Instability
  • Inability to bear weight

TREATMENTS

Nonsurgical

  • Bracing
  • Splinting
  • Casting

Surgical

  • Surgical Repair
  • Internal Fixation

 

SPRAINS/Strains

Sprains affect the ligaments that stabilize a joint, and strains are commonly known as “pulled muscles.”

SYMPTOMS

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness or Locking
  • Instability
  • Inability to Bear Weight

TREATMENTS

Nonsurgical

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation
  • Immobilization
  • Bracing/Splinting/Casting
  • Anti-Inflammatory Medications
  • Physical Therapy
  • Injections
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections

Surgical

  • Surgical Repair

Tears

Ligament or tendon tears are commonly a result of falling, twisting, or a blow to the body.

SYMPTOMS

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness or Locking
  • Instability
  • Inability to Bear Weight

TREATMENTS

NonsurgicalSurgical

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation
  • Immobilization
  • Bracing/Splinting/Casting
  • Anti-Inflammatory Medications
  • Physical Therapy
  • Injections
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections

Surgical

  • Surgical Repair
  • Surgical Reconstruction
  • Debridement

Legal

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