General Guideline Principles for Non-Acute Pain Management
Programs (Interdisciplinary or Functional Restoration Pain
Management Program) 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 Non-Acute Pain Management Programs (Interdisciplinary or Functional Restoration Pain Management Program).

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.

Non-Acute Pain Management Programs (Interdisciplinary or Functional Restoration Pain Management Program)

Patients with non-drastic torment who have not shown functional or behavioural improvements with less intense types of treatment should be given consideration.

Interdisciplinary or functional restoration program

These initiatives take a thorough team approach:

  • The recovery of function is the main goal of therapy.

  • To make sure that all members of team are aware of the patient’s care plan, share information, and carry out the care plan, the team maintains constant integration and communication

  • A doctor, caseworker, physical therapist nurse, psychologist, occupational therapist, and other healthcare providers may also be included in the core multidisciplinary team, depending on the patient’s needs.

  • A medical professional (MD/DO) with the necessary education or expertise oversees the team (which may include, for example, but not mandatory to be bounded physicians board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Pain Medicine, Psychiatry, or Occupational Medicine)

Core components of an interdisciplinary pain program

Core elements might be:

  • Detailed treatment plans are the result of an initial thorough multidisciplinary examination that covers the patient’s physiologic, psychological, medicinal, and sociologic requirements.

  • Regular squad meetings and/or group contacts are held to assess patient progress and make any required modifications to the treatment plan.

  • Place a priority on function restoration (emphasis functional improvement over pain relief; for instance, an appropriate objective would be greater functionality, reduced even if medication dependency and improved quality of life persistent subjective sense of discomfort).

  • Goal-oriented or goal specific (measurable goals, deadlines for achieving goals, and objectively assessed progress).

  • Multimodal actual recovery and exercise treatment

  • Mental Social Mediations (accentuation on advancing self-administration, self-viability, action versus lack of involvement, variation, adapting abilities, unwinding preparing regardless of biofeedback).

  • Clinical Administration (counting medicine tightening).

  • Instruction.

  • Professional restoration when demonstrated.

  • Treatment of habit when demonstrated.

  • After-release plan of care.

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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