Q77 - 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)

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