Hi there. My name’s Jason Perkins. I’d like to welcome you to another episode of my Georgia Workers’ Compensation Video Series. I’m an attorney that specializes in Georgia Workers’ Compensation Cases. I created this series to provide some helpful information about the rules in Georgia Workers’ Compensation Law and the benefits available to injured workers under it.
Today I want to talk to you about a specific type of medical testing, well actually two specific types, myelograms and discograms and whether Georgia workers’ compensation law covers those procedures. The short answer to that question is yes it does. Georgia workers’ compensation law provides coverage for your medical treatment and testing that you need as a result of work-related injuries. Myelograms and discograms are two specialized types of testing that doctors will often perform if they’re recommending surgery on your neck or your back. Now most people are familiar with MRI’s and those are some tests that provide some detailed information about injuries to your spine whether it be your low back your lumbar spine, your middle back, which is your thoracic spine or your upper back/neck, which is your cervical spine. So it’s fairly common in workers’ compensation case for a doctor to perform an MRI.
Where myelograms and discograms come about is often when that MRI is showing that there is something that is potentially messed up in your back that might need surgery or might not need surgery. Now a surgeon may recommend a myelogram or discogram in order to get a more detailed picture of exactly what’s going on with your back, or in the case of a discogram, to determine whether the pain that your having is coming from the area that looks like it’s been injured in your back.
Workers’ compensation can be responsible for paying for this treatment and testing as long as its done by authorized doctors and its reasonable, necessary treatment/testing for your injury. In other words, if you had an injury to your back or neck and a surgeon who is an authorized doctor in your workers’ compensation case was recommending this testing; the insurance company would probably have to pay for it. But, if you had an injury to your foot and the doctor recommended a myelogram on your back, that may not be something that the insurance has to pay for.
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I’d like to thank you again for watching today and I certainly wish you the best of luck as you recover from your injury.