Many people believe that workers’ compensation and occupational medicine are interchangeable terms that mean the same thing. But there is a big difference the two. Workers' compensation is a government-mandated insurance program. Each state’s program is different, but workers’ compensation generally ensures that injured employees receive medical care and wages following an injury or illness caused by work.
Occupational medicine focuses on the handling of illnesses or injuries caused by work, and the process of returning employees to full function. This can include specialized treatment and physical therapy that may be required as part of a patient’s treatment plan. Concentra physicians are specially trained in occupational medicine and experienced in treating workplace injuries of all types.