Recent Study Shows Better Outcomes Achieved with Early Initiation of Physical Therapy
The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) recently published a study that showed better outcomes were associated with early initiation of physical therapy (PT) for injured workers with low back pain.
For individuals who start PT within 3 days post-injury, specifically those injured who have low back pain, the study reports a decrease in temporary disability duration, a lower likelihood for MRIs and opioid prescriptions, and a reduction in overall medical costs.
WCRI President and CEO, John Ruser, stated, “This is a comprehensive study that shows a strong association between PT timing and outcomes for workers with low back pain. While the study cannot conclude that early PT causes better outcomes, it does suggest that the potential benefits of early PT should be considered when planning care for these injured workers.”
Bardavon has observed similar findings with our experience in the Workers’ Compensation industry. We are appreciative for these studies that support our mission of prioritizing quick treatment placement for injured workers.
“It’s great to see independent studies that echo the importance of quick access to therapy,” said Dorothy Riviere, Chief Clinical Officer at Bardavon. “At Bardavon, we often see improvements to average total incurred spend in Workers’ Compensation claims when quick referral placements are combined with data that tracks functional outcomes.”
A summary of the study and option to download can be accessed here.