4 Ways Early Physical Therapy Helps Injured Workers Recover Faster
Pain management takes more than a pill. To heal an injury at the root of pain, patients need to exercise the affected joint, muscle or tissue. Regaining strength, endurance and range of motion all make movement easier and less painful. A combined pharmacological and physical medicine approach is often the best way to help injured workers control and overcome pain.
That’s why Optum is launching a new physical medicine platform to work in tandem with pharmacy benefit management (PBM). This program will include physical therapy, chiropractic care, massage therapy and acupuncture services.
“We are known for PBM services in the workers’ comp world, but we are really involved in total care management — walking the injured worker through the entire spectrum of care. Physical medicine is part of that spectrum,” said Eileen Ramallo, Product General Manager, Ancillary Services, Optum Workers’ Comp and Auto No-fault Solutions.
“We have a well-established physical medicine program in the commercial group health business. In collaboration with our parent company UnitedHealth Group/Optum, we’re looking to bring that experience, expertise and provider network to workers’ comp.”
Here’s why physical medicine is such a valuable component of the recovery process for injured workers and what makes Optum’s new platform unique.
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