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Chapter 4.5. Division of Workers' Compensation
Subchapter 1. Administrative Director--Administrative Rules
Article 5.5.2. Medical treatment utilization schedule
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§9792.23.5. Low Back Complaints.


(a) The Administrative Director adopts and incorporates by reference the Low Back Complaints (ACOEM Practice Guidelines, 2nd Edition (2004), Chapter 12) into the MTUS from the ACOEM Practice Guidelines.

(b) In the course of treatment for low back complaints where acupuncture or acupuncture with electrical stimulation is being considered, the acupuncture medical treatment guidelines in section 9792.24.1 shall apply and supersede the text in the ACOEM chapter referenced in subdivision (a) above relating to acupuncture.

(c) If recovery has not taken place with respect to pain by the end of algorithm 12-5, the chronic pain medical treatment guidelines in section 9792.24.2 shall apply.

(d) If surgery is performed in the course of treatment for low back complaints, the postsurgical treatment guidelines in section 9792.24.3 for postsurgical physical medicine shall apply together with any other applicable treatment guidelines found in the MTUS. In the absence of any cure for the patient who continues to have pain that persists beyond the anticipated time of healing, the chronic pain medical treatment guidelines in section 9792.24.2 shall apply.


     Note: Authority cited: Sections 133, 4603.5, 5307.3 and 5307.27, Labor Code. Reference: Sections 77.5, 4600, 4604.5 and 5307.27, Labor Code.  


 HISTORY 
   
1. New section filed 6-18-2009; operative 7-18-2009 pursuant to  Government Code section 11343.4 (Register 2009, No. 25).

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