General Guideline Principles for Hot and Cold Therapies
for workers compensation patients
The New York State workers compensation board has developed these guidelines to help physicians, podiatrists, and other healthcare professionals provide appropriate treatment for Hot and Cold Therapies.
These Workers Compensation Board guidelines are intended to assist healthcare professionals in making decisions regarding the appropriate level of care for their patients with ankle and foot disorders.
The guidelines are not a substitute for clinical judgement or professional experience. The ultimate decision regarding care must be made by the patient in consultation with his or her healthcare provider.
Hot and Cold Therapies
Cryotherapies for CRPS
Cryotherapies for CRPS is not recommended in order to treat CRPS.
Self-application of Heat Therapy for CRPS
Self-application of Heat Therapy for CRPS is recommended in order to treat CRPS.
Indications: CRPS severe enough to necessitate therapies other than physical therapy and perhaps medication. Applications should be made at home because there is no proof that provider-based heat treatments are effective. Instead of passive therapies in patients with chronic pain, which could be harmful, the main focus should typically be on compliance with progressive strengthening and aerobic activities as part of a functional restoration programme elements.
Frequency/Dose/Duration: Self-applications may occur sometimes, typically up to several times each day. If heat has been successful in lowering pain, education regarding the use of home heat should be included in the treatment plan.
What our office can do if you have workers compensation injuries
We have the experience to help you with their workers compensation injuries. We understand what you are going through and will meet your medical needs and follow the guidelines set by the New York State Workers Compensation Board.
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