General Guideline Principles for Restriction of
Activities 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 Restriction of Activities.

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.

Restriction of Activities are Recommended: For severe and continuous neck injuries lacking neurologic symptoms, it is advised to carry on with regular daily activities as tolerated.

Completely stopping work should be avoided if at all feasible because it frequently makes the discomfort worse. In the great majority of individuals with cervical spine injuries, a modified return to work is virtually always more beneficial and seldom ever contraindicated.

Establishment of Activity Level Restrictions

When characterizing the patient’s activity level for vertebral neck injuries, the following points should be taken into consideration:

  • posture of the entire body, including the upper trunk, with a focus on rotation and flexion. should incorporate timeframe and repetition.

  • Reaching over the shoulder, repeated actions, pushing, tugging, and picking up or carrying demands all include the use of the upper extremities. Include the duration and frequency.

  • length and frequency of sitting about the position, work height(s), and head and neck motions.

  • Requirements for the visual field in terms of restrictions on head and neck motions and tolerance for gazing up and down.

  • Utilizing adaptable tools or equipment can improve capabilities or ensure suitable office ergonomics.

What our office can do if you have workers compensation Restriction of Activities

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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