Lower Back Pain Workers Compensation

If you have been injured due to a motor vehicle accident (MVA) or at work (including travelling to or from work) you may be eligible to receive funding for your Podiatry appointments and equipment such as orthotics/orthosis from compulsory third party (CTP) or worker’s compensation insurance.

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COMPENSATION FOR INJURIES AT WORK AND CAR ACCIDENTSALUES

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR WORKERS COMPENSATION / CTP?

You do not have to wait for serious or severe injuries to claim for Worker’s Compensation or CTP insurance. If the type of work you do results in complications or pain in your feet, ankles, knees, legs, hips or back you may be eligible for compensation. Some jobs require repetitive movements which can lead to overuse injuries which can affect the feet and legs. This can also lead to difficulties in reaching the feet to provide personal foot care.

Any direct injury/incident/accident as a result of a car accident or work that leads to pain, discomfort, reduced movement and function from the back down may also make you eligible for compensation for Podiatry services and equipment such as custom medical orthosis.

WHAT KIND OF SERVICES CAN I CLAIM UNDER WORKERS COMP / CTP?

If your issue is linked to your injury, the following problems can be compensated. They may include, but are not limited to:

  • Lower back pain
  • Pain in the balls of the feet or toes
  • Plantar fasciitis or heel spur
  • Heel and foot pain
  • Ankle Pain, ankle Instability or sprains
  • Achilles tendon issues
  • Tibialis posterior dysfunction
  • Knee pain
  • Nerve pain, nerve entrapment – sciatica, foot drop and peripheral neuropathy
  • Arthritis
  • Postural issues, balance issues, tight or strained muscles
  • Problems walking, walking with pain or discomfort
  • Footwear recommendation
  • Custom medical orthosis to help support your foot joints and muscle, support your arch, help you walk better, reduce pain and reduce the risk of further injury.
  • Ankle foot orthosis which help with conditions such as foot drop
  • Regular toenail and skin care to avoid the embarrassment of asking someone else to cut your nails for you (especially with back injury which prevents you reaching your feet or toes) .

GETTING APPROVED FOR WORKERS COMP / CTP

Before being approved for Podiatry services under your worker’s compensation or CTP insurance, an initial assessment which involves thorough assessment and examination is required to gather the necessary information about your injury/incident/accident. This will help us help you get approval to treat the issues experienced due to your accident.

Once this information has been gathered, an extensive medical report will be written and provided to you, your GP, solicitor or insurance company. This is to support your Injury claim and need for ongoing Podiatry Services and Medical Grade Footwear. Once approval is received to commence Podiatry treatment, we can start on getting you better.

WHAT HAPPEMS AT MY INITIAL CONSULTATION?

At your initial consultation, a comprehensive history taking will take place. We will gather information about your incident, how it happened and what injuries were sustained on and after the incident. The following information will be gathered from you:
  • Insurance claim number
  • Injury and medical history
  • Joint range of motion testing (from your hips to toes as necessary)
  • Muscle strength and flexibility test
  • Standing assessment from head to feet
  • Video gait (walking) assessment
  • Footwear assessment & recommendation
  • Other specialists and health professionals seen, their opinion and treatment provided/recommended
 
Please ensure to bring any medical reports from your GP or other health professionals, imaging (X-ray, CT scans, MRI, Ultrasounds), and other information that would help with your claim. The above information will be assessed and included in the report.
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HOW LONG WILL MY APPOINTMENT AND REPORT TAKE?

Your initial consultation may take anywhere between 30-60minutes depending on the extent of your injury, other treatments that have already been tried, and the date of your injury.
 
Getting your report back depends on the amount of detail that needs to be included. The following can affect how long it will take to write up the report:
  • Date of injury being more than 1 year ago.
  • Extensive treatments already trialed in the past
  • The number of referrals to other health professionals

PROMPT TREATMENT

Once the report is complete, It is promptly sent to the requester to ensure patients are not left waiting for urgent treatment. Once approval is received from the insurance company, the patient will be notified immediately to start on necessary treatment. The processes we have in place ensures that patients receive the necessary treatments promptly to optimise outcome results.

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