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WCRI Study Shows Link Between Early PT and Lower Costs for Back Pain Claims

By William Rabb (Reporter)

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 | 900 | 1 | 148 min read

Early physical therapy sessions can mean significantly improved outcomes and lower costs for injured workers with lower-back pain, says a study by the Workers' Compensation Research Institute that examined almost 26,000 claims. After controlling for a number of factors, “we conclude that for workers with lower-back pain-only injuries for which physical therapy is indicated, PT within 14 days after injury is likely to be beneficial,” and is associated with lower utilization of medical services and shorter disability duration, the study's authors wrote. The WCRI researchers...

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