Hernia

Question: An employee alleges sharp stomach pain after struggling with a heavy lift on the job. The employee is evaluated by an occupational health doctor who diagnosis the employee with a hernia. Using a chiropractic technique, the doctor manipulated the hernia back into place with his hands. The doctor prescribes over-the-counter ibuprofen for pain and returns the employee to work. Is it recordable?

Answer: YES. From the information above, the doctor used chiropractic manipulation to push the hernia back into place. Chiropractic treatment is considered medical treatment beyond first aid.

​1904.7(b)(5)(ii)(M)
Using massages (physical therapy or chiropractic treatment are considered medical treatment for recordkeeping purposes)