Work related injury is one of the most common reasons for chiropractic new patients. Repetitive motions or prolonged poor posture at work can be very degenerative and debilitating. These repetitive or physically stressful work movements cause various types of injuries in hundreds of thousands of Americans every year.
The sustained motions such as those produced by prolonged computer work will often result in neck pain, low back pain, headaches, or even carpal tunnel. Jobs that require repetitive lifting put a tremendous amount of stress on the low back and sometimes result in very painful and somtimes crippling injuries.
Dr. Cha is very experienced in effectively treating work injuries, and for 10 years since his graduation from Northwestern College of Chiropractic, Dr. Cha has been helping hundreds of patients to fully recover and return to work soonest possible.
We provide the best care available, which includes; chiropractic care, spinal decompression therapy, acupuncture, physiotherapy, massage therapy, and personalized exercies programs to overcome painful work injuries.
If you have been injured at work, take action immediately, don't wait!
1. Contact your supervisor and notify them that you have been injured while at work. It is important to notify your employer as soon as possible to assist in getting your claim approved. There you will be instructed to fill the "First Report of Injury" form.
2. Call our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment for your injury evaluation and treatment.
3. Bring a copy of the "First Report of Injury" form to the appointment if you already filled it up.
4. If you did not report the injury to your supervisor yet, or did not fill the First Report of Injury form, still it is okey to come to the appointment. We will assist you in filling out. We can help with the entire process of your claim. However, it is your responsibility to report to your supervisor about the injury as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions;
Q.. If I get injured at work or during performing my work duty, what is the first thing to do?
A.. The first thing you have to do is to let your supervisor know about the injury. Contact your supervisor right away and notify them that you have been injured while at work. There you will be instructed to fill the "First Report of Injury" form. Call our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment for your injury evaluation and treatment.
Q.. Do I need to get a referral first?
A.. According to the Minnesota Worker's Compensation law, the first doctor you see for work injury becomes your primary doctor for the injury, or the "treating doctor". You don't need referral to go to the first doctor. However, once you have the treating doctor for the injury, you will need referral from the treating doctor if you want to see any other health provider for either examination or therapy.
Q.. What if my employer wants me to see a company doctor?
A.. You may see a company doctor if you wish, but you have the right to choose your own doctor.
Q.. Do I pay anything for treatment for the work injury?
A.. The Worker's Comensation insurance will pay in full for the treatments. You do not pay anything for the treatments related to work injury in Minnesota.
Q.. How long can I get treatment for the work injury?
A.. You have the right to get proper treatments until you are fully recovered. Initially the worker's compensation insurance allows you maximum 12 weeks to get treatments. At the end of the 12 weeks, if you need more treatment, the treating doctor can ask the worker's compensation insurance to extend the treatment period up to additional 12 weeks.