Category Archives: Medical Care

Are Your SI Joints Causing Your Chronic Low Back Pain?

Many people have lived with chronic back pain for years. Whether merely a nagging inconvenience or a debilitating pain, chronic back pain at its least decreases quality of life and at its worse can be disabling. In fact, some impressive statistics concerning lower back pain include that it is the most significant cause of disability in the entire world and it is one of the leadingContinue reading

Chronic Pain Management: An Update on the Opioid Crisis

Back in 2013, we published a close look at the rising opioid crisis. It focuses on the likely impact on access to pain medication for those who truly need it. In short, it was clear that regulations would tighten in response to addictions sweeping regions and increasing death rates. At the time, we predicted that general practitioners would see limits on their ability to prescribeContinue reading

Prescription Pain Medication – A Look Ahead

We need to get ready – it’s coming – and there isn’t anything that can be done to stop it. What I’m talking about is the vigorous regulation of prescription pain medications. A recent study by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) presented some pretty alarming statistics with respect to prescription pain medications. These medications, also frequently referred to as Opioids, are linked to aContinue reading

Injured Workers – Be Careful What You Sign

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act provides employers with the right to obtain an injured worker’s medical records in order to assess the injury, the need for treatment, and determine the worker’s right to payment of workers compensation benefits.[1]   Within a few days after a work related injury, the employer’s insurance company will normally ask the worker to sign an Authorization allowing the employer to obtainContinue reading

Injured Workers: Be Careful With Your Release to Return to Work

Every few years we see a particularly vicious claims practice resurface in workers’ compensation claims.  Most often it involves younger workers and smaller employers, but it isn’t just limited to them.  This practice involves an employer tricking the injured worker to get a full duty release to return to work when they aren’t physically able to do so.  Workers have to use extreme caution inContinue reading