Injections for work-related cervical or neck injury are a treatment option covered by Wisconsin workers compensation benefits.
Employees with workers comp low back pain are often treated with spinal injections for both treatment and diagnostic purposes. These injections usually use a mixture of an anesthetic and some type of cortisone preparation. The anesthetic is a medication that numbs the area where it is injected. If the injection takes away pain immediately, this is an important indicator suggesting the source of the pain. The cortisone decreases inflammation and can reduce the pain from an inflamed nerve or joint for a prolonged period of time.
Work-related piriformis syndrome treatment often involves doctors monitoring the patients' condition to see if symptoms improve. At this stage many injured workers are off work with a doctor's excuse or off work restrictions and are receiving worker's comp benefits called TTD benefits. When the insurance adjustor denies benefits, McCormick Law Office attorneys can advise on the best course of action to take for the best results under Wisconsin's worker's compensation law. Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, are commonly used to treat the pain and inflammation caused by the irritation on the nerve. Acetaminophen or Tylenol can be used to treat the pain but will not control the inflammation. Physical therapy may be ordered to ease spasm and pain in the piriformis muscle. Exercises, particularly stretching exercises, are given to try and relieve irritation on the sciatic nerve.