I was injured at work on Jan. 22, 2010, it is now 1:17 am on June 08, 2010 and I am awake and at this computer to research, now contact, and  subsequently write this note due to insufficiently managed pain in my Right shoulder and back.  (waiting for 800 mg ibuprofen to take effect)

The main cause of the worsening pain (since April 30, 2010) is  due to having received NO PT treatments since April 30, 2010 due to a treatment plan denial from Dave Hite at Workers comp for more PT appointments because, currently the “treatment plans continue to overlap”.

The treatment plans “continue to overlap ” because the last allowed treatment plan was for only 15 visits over 120 days, (that equals 15 visits over 17 weeks, or less than one/ per week) and, because I was in pain,  the PT I go to recommended going to PT at least twice per week (to adequately address the ongoing pain and degree of impairment), therefore the allowed 15 visits got used up by April 30, 2010, significantly before the 120 day period.  (which doesn’t end until June 26)  Hence, exacerbated pain.

Yesterday, June 07, 2010 I attended an IME review at the office of Dr. Robert Smith in Honolulu, as directed by workers comp plan administrator Dave Hite.  The evaluation was not particularly enlightening to me except for the fact that with the 3 people in the waiting room when I got there the discussion became centered around the fact that all were there for IME evaluations so it is apparent that the Hawaii Sports Medicine Clinic on Ward Ave. is primarily receiving “patients” whom they do not treat or even share information with so much as evaluate for the sole purpose of looking for an excuse to avoid treating as paid “evaluators” by WORKERS COMP.

( Wonder what % of the Hawaii Sports Medicine Clinic’s “patients” are IME cases?  since all 3 of us there at that time were, surprisingly, workers comp IME cases)   Also, the others have lawyers, again, interesting.

Since this is my current experience, I expect that there are a LOT of other injured workers getting a similar run-around and list of hoops and rings to be jumped through before MAYBE getting treatments they need to heal, or at least avoid being in the degree of pain that keeps them up half the night.


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