Increases in physiotherapy before and after surgery for work compensation and longer therapy periods may be a trend in 2021 as a result of surgery postponed due to the pandemic, according to a report released on Tuesday by workers' skills. MedRisk LLC.
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based companies predict that more injured workers will be referred to physical therapy to help them prepare for deferred surgeries, and that PT may be extended due to delayed medical care.  This trend may continue when COVID-19 cases increase again, forcing condition closures and workers with soft tissue injuries who do not receive PT in a timely manner can lead to higher medical and damages costs than similar claims without delays in treatment, according to the report.
Sharp increases in depression, anxiety and substance abuse in the United States could also lead to delayed recovery, MedRisk said.
"Insurers, (third-party administrator) rs) and employers must prepare for COVID's long-term impact on care time and total medical costs," said Mary O & # 39; Donoghue, MedRisk & # 39 ;s Chief Operating Officer, in a statement.
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