Learn what the management plan a primary practitioner develops might include and what to do if a worker seeks treatment without knowing their condition is work related.
Primary treatment is provided as soon as possible following an injury. The primary practitioner is usually the first care provider to see an injured worker after an incident. This is generally a family doctor or general practitioner, a chiropractor, dentist, optometrist or physiotherapist.
A primary practitioner assesses an injured worker and develops a management plan that may include:
Sometimes, workers seek treatment without knowing their condition is work related. (A work injury is an injury that happens on the job and that needs medical treatment and/or time away from work. Learn what qualifies as a work injury here.) In these cases, we ask primary practitioners to:
Because most workers can perform sedentary or light duties very soon after their injuries, the primary practitioner should, with the knowledge and agreement of the injured worker, provide information to the employer regarding the worker’s fitness for transitional return to work.
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