Preventing InjuryReturning to WorkI am an EmployerI am a WorkerI am a Service Provider

Direct Access to Early Assessment of Sprains and Strains at Work

Looking for a WCB approved health care service provider?

The WCB has a list of approved health care service providers who are well-informed on the workers' compensation system, including return to work and the claims process. You may be referred to one, or you can choose from our list or by calling 1.800.870.3331.

 

Direct Access to Early Assessment of Sprains and Strains at Work

Direct Access to early assessment of sprains and strains at work provides injured workers more timely access to the health care services they need. It enables workers to go directly to a WCB approved health care provider, such as a physiotherapists or a chiropractor, for an assessment, allowing the return-to-work process for sprain and strain injuries to begin right away.

The WCB asked a group of worker and employer representatives to form a working group and provide ideas about opportunities to enhance this approach. Their report found Direct Access to WCB approved health care service providers to be appropriate, but identified stakeholders' concerns and areas for improvement.

Our primary goals in responding to the report’s recommendations were to develop communication materials that define roles and responsibilities, manage expectations and educate those involved. 

The following materials reflect those goals and our commitment to improving the implementation of Direct Access in support of safe and timely return to work.

Resources and Publications

Brochures

An Employer's Guide to Early Assessment of Sprains and Strains at Work

A Worker's Guide to Early Assessment of Sprains and Strains at Work

A Tiered Service Provider's Guide to Forms and Reporting

Poster for Workplaces

Direct Access to Early Assessment of Sprains and Strains at Work

Forms