When examining work-related musculoskeletal injuries, claims involving shoulders and knees rank among the most common and costly. Such injuries affect many within the workforce, including aging workers and individuals with physically demanding jobs. As a result, these injuries deserve more efficient and effective management strategies.
This course will review the functional anatomy of the shoulder and knee, as well as discuss common conditions and injuries that can be treated by following physical therapy clinical guidelines. We will also examine the impact early engagement has on claim costs, treatment duration, and return-to-work outcomes.
Electrodiagnostic tests such as electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS) are effective tools for locating and evaluating damage to an injured worker’s muscles and nerves; however, these tests can sometimes be inconsistent or misinterpreted.
During this course, we will review both tests, taking into consideration the benefits and pitfalls. Participants will have the opportunity to review several case studies to determine their medical efficacy and enhancement of the claims management process.
Temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly referred to as TMJ, is one of the most complex and costly dental-related workers’ compensation claims. Whether due to a workplace accident or post-traumatic stress, injuries to this small joint within the jaw can impact other muscles, including the back, neck, and shoulders.
Join us as we define the function of the temporomandibular joint, identify common workplace injuries, and discuss how to recognize symptoms of TMJ disorder. This course will also examine treatment options and claim management techniques based on diagnosis, insurance coding, and surgical indicators.