The orthopedic expertise you need to return to work.
Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance’s board-certified physicians and dedicated staff manage minor to complex workers’ compensation cases with prompt, specialized care. Our top priority is helping you return to work safely.
With decades of experience, we work with you to understand pain and limitations. By combining this understanding with a detailed knowledge of your job’s physical demands, we can develop a safe and effective comprehensive treatment and return-to-work plan. Through collaboration with you, we strive to provide the best care available based on your unique circumstances.
Our board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians and surgeons are highly experienced in their respective fields and are considered among the top orthopedic providers in the Midwest.
Along with our Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and support staff, Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance physicians deliver the utmost level of dedicated care across a range of subspecialties.
We’ve worked hard to build Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance with all the benefits of a large orthopedic collective, while maintaining the community impact and familiarity of an intimate, private-practice model. While diverse in background and capabilities, the common thread that brings all of our team members together is our patient-centered approach.
As Kansas City’s preferred workers’ compensation orthopedic doctors, we deliver unparalleled services and treatments centered on your needs.
For Any Condition. For Every Body.
What We Treat
How It Works
If you have an injury, getting the right care quickly usually leads to the best outcome. All work comp patients must file an injury report with their employer.
In most instances, the employer or a representative of the workers’ compensation insurance company will call to schedule your appointment.
When calling one of our Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance offices, please provide the following information:
- Employer name and phone number
- Date of Injury
- Injured body part
- Workers’ compensation carrier and address
- Claim number
We will verify the claim and get authorization before performing any treatment.
During your initial appointment, you will undergo a detailed evaluation of your complaint and corresponding physical examination.
Sometimes, we may need further testing to determine the correct diagnosis.
This may include X-rays, ultrasound, MRI, electrodiagnostic testing, or other advanced medical tests.
During your first appointment and follow-up appointments, our physicians typically recommend conservative measures before turning to surgery.
We strive to achieve your desired outcome through the least invasive route possible.
Therefore, we will only suggest surgery when it is the best option for alleviating your symptoms.
This is part of our dedication to bringing value to our patients as the largest orthopedic practice in Kansas City.
Treatment & Recovery
Throughout the treatment and recovery process, we focus on creating outcomes that maximize your function so you can return to work safely and efficiently.
Our physicians will align our management recommendations with your goals.
Therefore, two people with the same diagnosis may undergo two different management plans.
Work Status Updates
At the end of each office visit, you’ll receive a work status form with information detailing any restrictions to the performance of your essential job demands.
These should be provided to your employer. You’ll also receive any prescriptions that your physician would like to be filled (physical therapy, medical equipment, medications- if necessary).
These forms, along with the office note from your physician, will be faxed to your employer, your adjuster or your nurse case manager within 24-48 hours of each visit.
How It Works
Sometimes, the best treatment option for a workplace injury is a referral to a physical or occupational therapist to help regain range of motion, decrease pain, and increase strength in the affected area. Typically, the human body adapts and heals through movement, especially when guided by a trained musculoskeletal expert.
Your physician may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications to reduce pain, muscle spasm, inflammation, and more. This will depend on your specific needs, symptoms, and other factors surrounding your condition.
Injections directly into the affected area can help reduce pain. Based on your condition, response to treatment, and your physician’s recommendations, additional injections may be necessary. Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance offers ultrasound-guided injections to visualize the area of concern in real time and optimize your treatment’s effectiveness.
Regenerative medicine options, such as stem cell injections or platelet-rich plasma, can help repair worn or damaged tissue. This option works best if you are a younger patient with mild-to-moderate injuries.
Nerve Pathology and Management
Nerve injuries require unique approaches to assess the presence and extent of injury fully. Two common, and often complementary, ways we evaluate nerves are through electrodiagnostic studies (nerve conduction studies and electromyograms) and ultrasound.
Our Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance physicians only make recommendations for surgical interventions when we have exhausted all other conservative measures, or it is apparent that the only available solution is surgery. This is always a collaborative decision. It’s important you feel empowered to make the best choice for you, with your goals and timelines in mind.
Benefits of Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance
The Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance team brings the expertise you need for the best recovery.
Job-Specific Treatment Options
We fully align your pain and limitations and our treatments with an in-depth understanding of your job’s physical requirements. Treatments differ based on your unique circumstances, recovery progression, and the nature of the job you’re returning to.
Prompt Responses & Documentation
Our workers’ compensation orthopedic doctors and compensation coordinators are always available to answer your questions and guide you through the process. We also understand the value and importance of timely communication to ensure everyone is engaged in the healing and recovery process.
Convenient Locations Across Kansas City
Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance provides the trusted experience you deserve and the physicians who are acutely aware of the nuances of treating workplace injuries—all with the convenience of a broad-scale practice spanning across the Kansas City area.
The Cost of Care
Each patient at Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance brings their own unique circumstances to our practices.
We want you, your employer, and their workers’ compensation insurance provider to feel educated and empowered to make the best healthcare decision possible for you or your loved one, which includes understanding the financial realities of each treatment option.
Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance and its partnership with Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute allows us to provide cost savings and convenience in one physical location. By partnering and providing services like imaging, bracing, and therapies, Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance patients see the financial advantages of our practice when compared to larger hospitals or healthcare systems.
Discover your treatment solutions for workplace injuries.
With access to board-certified specialists across Kansas City, we have the tools to meet almost every musculoskeletal condition.