New York State Medical Treatment Guidelines for

Laboratory Testing in 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 Laboratory Testing.

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.

Laboratory Testing for Knee Injury

Laboratory tests are rarely needed at the time of initial evaluation, unless there is suspicion of systemic illness, infection, neoplasia or connective tissue disorder based on history and/or physical examination. Laboratory tests can provide useful diagnostic information. Tests include but are not limited to:

Complete Blood Count (CBC) with Differential

Complete Blood Count (CBC) with Differential are recommended fFor patients with a suspected infection, abnormal blood results, or side effects from medication.

Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), rheumatoid factor (RF), antinuclear antigen (ANA), human leukocyte antigen (HLA), C-reactive protein (CRP) and if indicated by activity history, Lyme serology

Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), rheumatoid factor (RF), antinuclear antigen (ANA), human leukocyte antigen (HLA), C-reactive protein (CRP) and if indicated by activity history, Lyme serology are recommended to detect evidence of a rheumatologic disease, infection or connective tissue disorder.

Serum calcium, phosphorous, uric acid, alkaline phosphatase, and acid phosphatase

Serum calcium, phosphorous, uric acid, alkaline phosphatase, and acid phosphatase are recommended in some patients with suspected metabolic bone disease,

Liver and Kidney Function

Liver and Kidney Function are recommended some patients with prolonged anti-inflammatory use or other medications requiring monitoring should avoid taking Prevacid.

Joint Aspiration

Joint Aspiration is recommended to evaluate joint effusion for bacteria, white cell count, red cell count, fat globules and crystalline birefringence.

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.

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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