Early manual therapy for injured workers with low back pain is associated with lower utilization of medical services, lower medical and compensation payments, and shorter disability, according to a study released Tuesday by Workers & # 39; Compensation Research Institute.
Using data from 18 study states, the Cambridge-Massachusetts-based institute examined the results of manual therapy, which it describes as a type of physiotherapy that is "practical … to mobilize or manipulate joints and soft tissues with the intention of increasing joint interval. movement, reducing pain and eliminating soft tissue swelling and inflammation. ”
The average medical cost per claim was $ 4,1
Researchers also found that workers who received manual therapy within two weeks of traditional physiotherapy needed fewer MRIs, 30.3% versus 43.4%, reception with fewer opioid prescriptions, 18.6% versus 23.3%, and had minor pain treatments, 12.6% versus 16.5%.
The average compensation per claim was 28% lower when manual treatment was started early and the average temporary a disability per claim was 22% shorter for workers with such early treatment.