Injury Treatment Info & Workers Compensation at IPI

Injury Treatment Info & Workers Compensation at IPI

Injury Treatment at Illinois Pain: Personal Injury

Illinois Pain accepts personal injury claims for pain management treatment. It is vital to obtain treatment soon after an injury, as to prevent the onset of complications. Personal injuries can be related to a motorcycle accident, a fall at home, or a car wreck. Our personal injury specialist understand that treatment is needed to get you back to functioning at your best.

The leading cause of death in America is automobile accidents. In 2017, there were nearly 3 million emergency department visits related to drivers and passengers in a car accident. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports the economic impact of vehicular injury to be around $50 billion, which makes auto-related injuries a serious public health problem.

Types of Personal Injury

There are many types of personal injury. A sudden accident, no matter how trivial, can cause pain later down the line. Pain and loss of mobility will impact quality of life. It is necessary for an injured person to be evaluated by a specialist to prevent long-term problems. Medical personal injury is where there is proven negligence that results in loss of function, long-term pain, or other problems. The most common types of personal injury include:

  • Accident at home
  • Motor vehicle accident (MVA)
  • Slip and fall
  • Holiday accident
  • Product defect accident
  • Work-based injury
Common Symptoms after a Personal Injury

Illinois Pain is used to seeing a variety of symptoms related to personal injury. While some symptoms are noticeable immediately, others do not appear until days of weeks after the initial accident/injury. The symptoms related to personal injury often are:

  • Bone bruises/pain
  • Facial pain
  • Sciatica (pain down a leg)
  • Throbbing headache
  • Neck stiffness/pain
  • Limp
  • Knee pain
  • Whiplash
  • Muscle spasms
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Back pain
Rehabilitation after a Personal Injury

Acute injuries from falls, accidents, and trauma will require considerable rehabilitation. Our pain management specialist work with other healthcare providers to assure you are getting the best possible care. Options include:

  • Chiropractor – This doctor specializes in musculoskeletal injuries. The chiropractor can do x-rays of your spine, offer spinal adjustment and decompression, and use other exercise and treatment modalities to get you back working.
  • Massage therapist – The therapist can massage muscles to offer increased blood flow, relief of spasm, and other treatments to help get you moving again.
  • Acupuncturist – Acupuncture is a form of Chinese traditional medicine that involves placing fine, tiny needles in your fat tissue and muscles. The acupuncturist places the needles over certain body regions (called meridians) to restore healthy energy flow.
  • Physical therapist – When a serious injury occurs, the physical therapist uses a variety of treatments for pain relief and increased mobility. These include stretches, exercises, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation.
  • Spine or orthopedic surgeon – Depending on your personal injury, the Illinois Pain specialists may refer you for spine or orthopedic surgery. This requires the expertise and skill of a surgeon.
  • Long-term rehabilitation – If you have a fractured hip, multiple broken bones, or head trauma, you may require long-term rehabilitation. The physician will admit you to a skilled facility where therapists, nurses, and specialists work with you to improve mobility, relieve pain, and return you to your optimal functional status.
Injury Treatment at Illinois Pain: Worker's Compensation

In 2015, there were almost 1 million worker’s compensation injuries relate to musculoskeletal conditions in the United States alone, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Illinois Pain is a specialty practiced skilled at handling worker’s compensation injury treatment. Our experienced pain treatment doctors and medical staff works will work with your insurance company to ensure you receive the appropriate care for your specific work-related injury.

Work Injury Causes and Symptoms

Work injuries many not result in immediate pain or suffering. It is necessary to be seen by one of our pain management specialists soon after the initial injury. In case of internal injury, or spine misalignment, early care is crucial to recovery. We wish to intervene soon after the initial injury to get you started in treatment. Common symptoms related to a work-related musculoskeletal injury include:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Shoulder discomfort
  • Loss of normal function
Shooting pain, burning, and tingling down an arm and/or leg

Many types of problems result from a worker’s injury. Causes of work injury include repetitive motion, cutting, falling, and/or lifting. People who are more at risk for work-related injury are those working in physically demanding industries, such as factories, hospitals, and construction.

Physician Consultation and Testing

When you first come to see the pain management doctor, he will take a medical history and ask questions about how you were injured. He will inquire about your job, your initial symptoms, your persistent symptoms, and your level of functioning. Worker’s compensation injuries often require diagnostic testing. This may include x-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, nerve conduction studies, and functional capacity examinations (FCEs).

The doctor may recommend that you see an occupational or physical therapist for additional testing and evaluation. Before formulating a treatment plan, the doctor will advise you of your options, recommend a work holiday (if applicable), or put you on light duty. Activities permitted will be related to your specific problems and needs.
Work-Related Injury Treatment Options

Many work injury treatment options are available at Illinois Pain. The physician and his staff will advise you of your options. These include:

  • Epidural steroid injections (ESIs) – Usually given in a series of three spaced 3-6 weeks apart, an ESI involves injecting the space around the spinal cord with a corticosteroidal agent. The doctor does the procedure using x-ray guidance to assure the needle is placed correctly. The physician instills the medication, and you get results in 2-3 days. This treatment option is effective for back/spine injuries.
  • Facet joint injections (FJIs) – If the medial branch nerves are affected, or if you have persistent facet joint pain from trauma, the physician may recommend FJIs. The facet joints are tiny joints along the posterior spine. The doctor can inject these joints with a steroid agent, and possibly, a long-acting anesthetic.
  • Sympathetic nerve blocks – When nerve compression occurs from spinal injuries, or when an extremity is injured, a nerve block may be done. This involves injecting the nerve area with an anesthetic or a neurolytic agent (phenol or absolute alcohol).
  • Medication management – Depending on the work-related injury, medications are used for various symptoms. For pain, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are prescribed, such as ketoprofen or Clinoril. For muscle spasms, a relaxant is used, such as Baclofen or Flexiril. Pain relievers are used short-term for severe pain.
  • Chiropractic care/massage therapy – For whiplash, lumbar strain, and various shoulder and tendon injuries, the doctor may refer you for chiropractic treatment. A chiropractor can do spinal adjustments, and a massage therapist will work with you to alleviate tight, tender, and injured structures.

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