No Shame? Killer Cop Wants Workers’ Comp

An Illinois state trooper who killed two teenage sisters in a high-speed collision, driving 126 mph while sending e-mails and speaking to his girlfriend on his cell phone, has filed a workers’ compensation claim for injuries he says he sustained in the fatal crash.

Matt Mitchell, who pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and reckless driving, could have thousands of taxpayer dollars coming to him, angering the family of Kelli and Jessica Uhl, who were 18 and 13, respectively, when their vehicle was struck head-on by Mitchell’s patrol car the day after Thanksgiving 2007.

“At least at the beginning, he was a disgrace to his uniform, now I believe he is a disgrace to the human race,” said Thomas Q. Keefe, the attorney representing the girls’ parents, Kimberly Schlau and Brian Uhl.

Two other girls, passengers in the car, were also injured.

For two years after the accident, Mitchell was placed on paid leave, continuing to earn his $68,000 annual salary. Mitchell pleaded guilty last year as part of a deal with prosecutors and served 90 days probation, never seeing any jail time.

On the day of the accident, Mitchell was responding at triple-digit speeds to the scene of an incident at which troopers were already present. He was simultaneously e-mailing colleagues and on the phone with his girlfriend, when his car jumped the median and struck the car in which the girls were riding.

Days after he pleaded guilty in a criminal trial, Mitchell resigned from the force and denied any responsibility for the girls’ death in a civil suit brought by the family against the state.

“This man has no shame,” Keefe told ABCNews.com. “He had no shame when he changed his story and insisted he was not responsible for that crash, and he continues to have no shame now. That’s gall.”

Keefe said that because Mitchell was a state employee on the job at the time of the crash, the family’s civil case is tied up in a special court of claims, and a jury will never hear the case.

The same conditions, being a state employee and on the clock, also qualify Mitchell for disability insurance.

Workers’ compensation insurance is purchased by employers for the coverage of employment-related injuries and illnesses.  Update — Illinois ex-trooper denied workers’ comp in deadly crash

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Darrelle Revis MRI Today

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis watched the second half of their game against the New England Patriots from the sidelines after a hamstring injury caused him to leave the game.

Revis originally sustained the injury last week against the Ravens, but he apparently reaggravated the injury with 53 seconds left in the first half, while covering Randy Moss.

Moss made a touchdown catch on that play.”I pulled up,” Revis said. “Usually I rely on my speed … but it wouldn’t let me speed up to make a play.After the game, Revis made it clear that he did not believe that there was a tear, but that he just felt tightness in his hamstring.

He will have an MRI on his injured hamstring on Monday. During the offseason, Revis was involved in a contract dispute that was not finalized until just before the first week of the season.Next week, the Jets will face the Miami Dolphins.

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Physical activity may reduce musculoskeletal complaints years later

Chronic Musculoskeletal Complaints

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A large, population-based study conducted in Norway shows that physical exercise is associated with a lower prevalence of chronic musculoskeletal complaints more than a decade later.

Physical inactivity and chronic musculoskeletal complaints share “several negative determinants of health,” Dr. Helene Sulutvedt Holth of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim and colleagues point out in the December 1 issue of the online journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders.

The team evaluated results of two public health studies in which 39,520 participants responded to questions about physical activity patterns between 1984 and 1986 and to questions about chronic musculoskeletal complaints eleven years later between 1995 and 1997.

Chronic musculoskeletal complaints (MSCs) were defined as MSCs lasting three months or more during the year previous to the questionnaire. Chronic widespread MSCs were defined as pain in the axial region, above the waist or below the waist for 15 days or more during the previous month.

At the follow-up questionnaire, Dr. Holth and associates found that 51% of respondents reported chronic MSCs and 5.9% reported chronic widespread MSCs.

Participants who exercised at baseline were less likely to report chronic MSCs, with an odds ratio (OR) of 0.91 compared with inactive individuals. Those who exercised three or more times a week had an OR of 0.72 for chronic widespread MSCs.

“In the present study, a participant’s physical activity level is based on leisure time exercise only,” Dr. Holth and colleagues caution, noting that “the impact of occupational physical workload might also have contributed to the results.”

The study results may lead to a better understanding of the processes leading to musculoskeletal complaints, the researchers say. “Future studies should try to clarify whether chronic MSCs are a cause or a consequence of inactivity.”

BMC Musculoskelet Disord 2008;9.

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Three main causes of chronic musculoskeletal pain:

  1. Repetitive strains on the system;

  2. Injury from traumatic accidents (work accident, car accident injury, sports injury)

  3. Musculoskeletal diseases

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Acupuncture could be solution to pain problem

Colyer, who recently joined UC Health after completing her residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, is licensed to practice acupuncture. Based at Drake Center, she sees both inpatients and outpatients at the rehabilitative care center in Hartwell.

“What really interested me when I chose PM&R were the chances for complementary medicines such as acupuncture,” says Colyer. “It’s another way of helping injured people get back into the community with more function and a better quality of life.”

Acupuncture has been practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years. The term refers to a variety of procedures and techniques involving the stimulation of anatomical points of the body, but it’s most often associated with needles manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.

According to the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, (NIH) the 2007 National Health Interview Survey found that an estimated 3.1 million U.S. adults and 150,000 children had used acupuncture in the previous year, an increase of about 1 million people over the 2002 survey.

Acupuncture practitioners in the U.S. must be licensed (Colyer, who also specializes in stroke rehabilitation at Drake, took intensive course work in acupuncture outside of her regular medical training), and acupuncture needles are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to meet requirements that they be sterile, nontoxic and labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only.

“There are a lot of uses for acupuncture, but the treatment I’ve learned is exclusively for pain management,” says Colyer. “So if muscles are tight, or having spasms, when we insert needles into the muscles it loosens them up and people feel a lot more relaxed and more comfortable.”

Numerous studies of exactly how acupuncture works have been inconclusive, but the Western view is that it likely works by stimulating the central nervous system to release chemicals that dull pain, in addition to stimulating blood flow and tissue repair at the site itself.

Treatment techniques can also include electrical stimulation, using two needles at a time so the impulse passes from one needle to the other.

“People want to see clinical trials, but it’s hard to do that because you can’t get a good control group,” says Colyer. “For example, how do you fake acupuncture well?”

Treatment regimens vary depending on the patient, and some insurance carriers may cover acupuncture while others may not. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine recommends that prospective patients check with their insurer before they start treatment.

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Acupuncture is a suggested relieves pain:

  • Low-Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Osteoarthritis/Knee Pain
  • Headache
  • Other Conditions

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Chronic pain in the muscles and joints can make life miserable. Standard treatments like ice and heat, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and appropriate exercises can often ease the pain. But when they don’t, acupuncture is an option with a good track record that’s worth considering.

– Former Executive Editor, Harvard Men’s Health Watch

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Exercise Reduces Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain

A new study in The Journal of Pain, published by the American Pain Society, has found that those who suffer from chronic musculoskeletal pain (CMP) may fell an increase in pain with acute exercise, but over the long-term, exercise has the opposite outcome and reduces pain.

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin tested levels of experimental pain sensitivity in Gulf War veterans that suffered from CMP similar to fibromyalgia and compared the results with healthy soldiers.

Although the vets reported greater, more intense leg pain during initial exercise sessions, regular exercise over the long-term appeared to reduce the pain threshold. In addition, regular exercise is critical for reducing the risk of long-term disability and mood disorders.

Looking for a pain free life? Exercise is a start.

Remember Exercise is Medicine! Exercise is also a valuable method along with physical therapy when managing chronic pain.  Exercise increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue. Breathe deep and find a pain management specialist nearest you to start your pain management wellness program.

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U.S. Physical Therapy Elects New Board Member

HOUSTON, Aug 30, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. (NasdaqGS: USPH), a national operator of outpatient physical therapy clinics, today reported that the Company has increased the size of Company’s Board of Directors from 10 to 11 members and that Harry S. Chapman has been elected to the Board.

Mr. Chapman is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chapman Schewe, Inc., a healthcare insurance and employee benefits consulting firm. Previously he served as a Corporate Senior Vice-President and Managed Care Officer of CIGNA’s South Central Region, with responsibility for HMO and PPO plans in several states. Mr. Chapman’s experience also includes having served as head of EQUICOR’s Health Plan and sales operation in Houston and as a Regional Vice-President for Lincoln National Insurance Company’s Central Region.

About U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc.

Founded in 1990, U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. operates 371 clinics in 42 states. The Company’s clinics provide preventative and post-operative care for a variety of orthopedic-related disorders and sports-related injuries, non-surgical treatment of osteoarthritis, treatment for neurologically-related injuries and rehabilitation of injured workers. In addition to owning and operating clinics, the Company manages physical therapy facilities for third parties, including hospitals and physician groups. U.S. Physical Therapy was named to Forbes list of America’s 200 Best Small Companies for 2009.

More information about U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. is available at www.usph.com. The information included on that website is not incorporated into this press release. New York offers physical therapy clinics throughout the Manhattan , (NYC), Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Long Island, NY. 

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