3 Questions To Ask Before Referring To A Spine Specialist

If you’re a medical provider and your patient has a spine-related injury, then it might be a good idea to refer him/her to a spine specialist.

Before you write the referral, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Can the patient return to work without exacerbating his/her back injury?
  2. Is further treatment for the spine necessary?
  3. Could the patient’s back injury benefit from a different type of physical therapy, or a different type of medication?

If you can’t answer these answer these questions, then it may be best to refer your patient to a spine specialist who can.

For more information, check out our “Spinal Injuries in Work Comp” episode of our podcast.

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