Hal Hargrave Jr., left, who is paralyzed from the neck down after a car crash when he was 17, shares a laugh with his trainer Chris Fitzgerald during his physical therapy session at a gym in Claremont, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

DENVER – Physical therapy, in many instances, can get injured workers back on the job on a fairly predictable timetable. But, experts say, physical therapy works best when the injured individual is covered by an insurance plan that includes a specific treatment regimen. Too often, a study by the Network Synergy Group suggests, that doesn’t happen — and it extracts a considerable price from employers.

Network Synergy is a Tampa, Florida-based national physical therapy management company that reviewed 47,000 physical and occupational therapy claims. The big number: just 18 percent of workers’ comp claims “incorporate comprehensively managed solutions for injuries requiring physical therapy and occupational therapy.”

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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