General Guideline Principles for Diagnostic Criteria and
Differential Diagnosis 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 Diagnostic Criteria and Differential Diagnosis.

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.

Diagnostic Criteria and Differential Diagnosis of Hip and Groin Disorders

The majority of hip diseases may be accurately diagnosed using the history, physical exam, and radiographs. The majority of hip problems can be accurately diagnosed by physical examination and radiography.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI; with or without gadolinium) is typically the imaging technique used to diagnose the majority of other intraarticular and extraarticular disorders if the diagnosis of a hip and groyne disorder is still unclear. Ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) imaging, postoperative radiography, magnetic resonance, and CT arthrography are other imaging modalities.

When a patient complains of hip or groyne discomfort, we look for a specific explanatory diagnosis. It is vital to study the systems that also affect the knee, spine, abdomen, and genitourinary tract. Similar to a system review, the examination of a patient with hip or groyne pain typically has to concentrate on the hip joint and include pertinent adjacent structures. Infections, malignancies, and systemic rheumatological conditions are examples of potentially dangerous diseases.

Table 2. Diagnostic Criteria for Non-“Red Flag” Conditions

What our office can do if you have workers compensation Diagnostic Criteria and Differential Diagnosis

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.

We understand the importance of your workers compensation cases. Let us help you navigate through the maze of dealing with the workers compensation insurance company and your employer.

We understand that this is a stressful time for you and your family. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us so we will do everything we can to make it as easy on you as possible.


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