It is important for workers in Ohio to keep an eye on various regulations used by the state when it comes to workers' compensation. For example, when there is an ongoing concern about how certain treatments are affecting workers, then there is a chance that rules will be put in place to regulate those treatments. One that is bound to be of interest to workers who suffer a back injury is the guideline from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation restricting surgery and painkillers until it is the final resort.
Workers who have a back injury from their work will be limited to rest, receiving physical therapy and treatment from a chiropractor before they can get more advanced procedures, such as spinal fusion surgery and receiving prescription painkillers. The goal behind this is to reduce the number of workers who are receiving too many opioid painkillers and are becoming addicted. This new rule was implemented on Jan. 1.