New York State Medical Treatment Guidelines for Restriction of Activities for Neck Injury in workers compensation patients

The guidelines established by the New York State Workers Compensation Board are designed to assist healthcare professionals in determining activity restrictions for individuals with Neck Injuries. These directives aim to support physicians and healthcare practitioners in making informed decisions about the appropriate limitations on activities to promote optimal recovery and prevent further harm.

Healthcare professionals specializing in Neck Injuries can rely on the guidance provided by the Workers Compensation Board to implement well-considered restrictions on activities for their patients.

It is crucial to emphasize that these guidelines are not meant to replace clinical judgment or professional expertise. The ultimate decision regarding the restriction of activities for neck injuries should involve collaboration between the patient and their healthcare provider.

Restriction of Activities for Neck Injury

It’s generally advised to keep going about your usual daily routine if you’re dealing with neck injuries, both short-term and long-term, as long as it doesn’t worsen any neurological symptoms. It’s best to steer clear of completely stopping work if you can help it, as that often makes the pain worse. Instead, easing back into work with some modifications is usually more effective and rarely a bad idea for most people with neck injuries.


Establishment of Activity Level Restrictions

When talking about a patient’s activity level in the context of neck injuries, consider the following:

1. Total body position, especially focusing on upper trunk movements like rotation and flexion. Be sure to mention how often and for how long these movements occur.

2. Upper extremity actions, covering activities such as reaching above the shoulder, repetitive motions, pushing, pulling, and any lifting or carrying tasks. Specify the duration and frequency of these actions.

3. Sitting habits, including how long and how often, taking into account posture, work height, and movements of the head and neck.

4. Visual field requirements, considering limitations in head and neck movements and the ability to look upward or downward. Discuss the patient’s tolerance to these movements.

5. If there are adaptive devices or equipment being used for proper office ergonomics or to enhance capacities, that information can also be included in the description.

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