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Get the Facts about Medical Treatment Guidelines

For injuries to the Neck, Back, Shoulder, and Knee

There are lots of MYTHS about the Guidelines.
Protect your rights — get the FACTS!

The Medical Treatment Guidelines provide the best treatment available if you injure your neck, back, shoulder, or knee while working.

In addition, when your doctor uses the Guidelines, it ensures you will get the treatment you need quickly.

  • MYTH: I will not be able to get the treatment I need as a result of the new Guidelines. FACT: Wrong! The Guidelines are designed to help you get the best medical care for your injury. They were created by doctors who specialize in treating people just like you — people who have been injured at work.
  • MYTH: The Guidelines do not allow for exceptions that I may need. FACT: The Guidelines are designed to be flexible. They recognize that all treatments are not appropriate for everyone.

    The Guidelines allow your doctor to request permission to use a different approach for your care.
  • MYTH: If I have a flare-up or my condition gets worse, I won’t be able to get medical care. FACT: You will be able to get the treatment you need. The Guidelines won’t keep you from getting necessary medical care if your injury gets worse or flares up.
  • MYTH: I won’t be able to get physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, or acupuncture. FACT: The Guidelines recommend the use of physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, and acupuncture. It’s important for your doctor to show that the treatment is helping you get better. If the treatment is not helping, your doctor and you need to find a treatment that will help.
  • MYTH: I will only be able to get pain medicine during the first weeks of injury. FACT: The Guidelines will not keep your doctor from ordering appropriate pain medicine.

    In most cases, injured workers need prescription pain medicine for only a short time. If you still have pain, talk with your doctor. Your doctor may continue to prescribe pain medicine but to do so, he or she must explain why it is medically necessary for you to continue to take them.

    The Guidelines are designed to help your doctor balance the goals of getting you better, relieving your pain, and preventing harm.
  • MYTH: Workers’ Compensation no longer pays on-going medical benefits for my injury. FACT: The Guidelines do not change your basic rights under Workers’ Compensation law; you still have the right to receive necessary medical care when you are injured while working.

    Medical costs will be paid provided your doctor continues to follow the Guidelines.
  • MYTH: The purpose of the Guidelines is to limit care and reduce costs. FACT: The main goal of the Guidelines is to ensure you receive the highest quality medical care as quickly as possible — so you can get better and return to work. Overall costs go down when injured workers get timely, quality care.
  • MYTH: It will take much longer for me to get the treatment I need. FACT: With the new Guidelines, most treatments require no prior-authorization. That means when your doctor uses the Guidelines, you can get the treatment you need even faster!

Get the Best Treatment

The new Guidelines were created to ensure you get the best medical care for your injury. So you can get well. So you can get back to work. So you can get on with your life!

Developed by Doctors

The Guidelines were developed based on input from expert doctors around the country who specialize in helping people like you: people who have been injured on-the job.

Evidence Based

The Guidelines are evidence based - that means they are supported by the strongest scientific data available.

No Red Tape

The Guidelines were also designed to reduce red-tape. Most of the treatments recommended by the Guidelines are pre-approved. That means less time waiting for treatment — so you can start feeling better sooner!

Learn more at: Medical Treatment Guidelines Frequently Asked Questions

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