I had a slip and fall at work a few weeks ago after walking into the ladies room which was freshly mopped but the cleaning crew failed to put up a "wet floor" sign. I fell forward, with my dominant arm outstretched and had severe pain. I immediately reported the incident to my employer and went to the ER, where they took an xray and said I didn't break anything. They said to see an orthopedic specialist if I was still in pain after a few days.
I saw the specialist a few days later, after WC took their sweet time approving care, because I still couldn't move my arm and at this point, I noticed back pain. My examination with the worker's comp othopedic specialist took all of 2 minutes. I asked for an MRI which he said I did not need at that time. He passively moved my arm in different directions, while supporting the weight of it, filled out a piece of paper that said I could return to modified work (mostly sedentary work) and gave me a prescription to do physical therapy 3x a week.
At my next appointment, 3 physical therapy visits later, I told the doctor I still could not raise my arm on my own and the physical therapist suspected a torn rotator cuff. He finally ordered an MRI which revealed that I fractured my shoulder. Again, I said I was experiencing back pain so he gave me another script for more physical therapy, this time for my back. I have to hold off on rehab for at least 3 more weeks, so the fracture can heal. I was frustrated that I was sent to PT without a diagnosis and in retrospect, could have put more stress on the fracture doing exercises.
The back pain is pretty severe (at times I'm in tears) and I think it is made worse my overcompensating for my injured arm. I haven't slept through the night in weeks and when I sit at the computer to work for more than an hour the pain is intense and I also have numbness at times. Some days are better than others but it hurts everyday, especially in the morning and at night. If anything, it is getting worse as time goes by and I brought it up again yesterday and the doctor said, "I wouldn't worry about it". It's easy to keep my arm in a sling but the back pain is making it hard to do anything.
I feel like something is out of alignment or maybe a pinched a nerve, judging my the numbness. If I fell hard enough to fracture my shoulder, I think it's worth looking into whether or not I also did damage to my back. So, my question is, what do I have to do to get this doctor so send me for the proper diagnotic tests to see if I injured my back? Do I complain directly to my WC claims adjustor? Can I have my own family doctor send me for a test? These doctors just seem to downplay everything... Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you!