General Guideline Principles for Appliances
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 Appliances.

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.

Appliances of Therapeutic Procedures

  1. Shoe Insoles and Shoe Lifts

    Shoe Insoles and Shoe Lifts are recommended for the treatment of either acute or chronic back pain, as well as radicular pain syndrome, when there is a sizable difference in leg length.


  2. Shoe Insoles and Shoe Lifts

    Shoe Insoles and Shoe Lifts are not recommended in the absence of a considerable difference in leg length


  3. Kinesiotaping, Taping or Strapping

    Kinesiotaping, Taping or Strapping are not recommended


  4. Lumbar Supports

    Lumbar Supports is recommended for certain individuals as determined by clinical need.

    Indications: For the specific treatment of spondylolisthesis, proven instability, or post-operative care, lumbar supports may be helpful.

    For the prevention or treatment of other back pain conditions, not advised.


  5. Magnets

    Magnets is not recommended


  6. Mattresses, Water Beds, and Sleeping Surfaces

    Mattresses, Water Beds, and Sleeping Surfaces are recommendations

    It is advised that patients choose the pillows, mattresses, and other sleeping arrangements that are most comfortable for them.

    There isn’t a specific advice for mattresses other than for caregivers to be aware that telling patients to sleep on hard beds or the floor might not be the best course of action.

    There is insufficient reliable data to support recommendations for alternative ideal sleeping surfaces (e.g., bedding, water beds, and hammocks).

What our office can do if you have workers compensation Appliances

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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