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    I work for a hospital that has its own occupational health, so when I hurt my shoulder on the job in a fall I was required to see the Nurse Practioner there. I knew when I fell that I had done more than sprain my arm (which is what the NP claimed). It has been a month since my initial injury and I have limited range of motion, around 50%. The NP had me do 6 sessions of physical therapy, which I really couldn't do because my arm will not rise, not just painful, it just wont do it. My question is how long do I have to be yanked around by this yahoo before something gets done about my arm? They returned me to light duty the day after injury. I had an x-ray of my shoulder the night of my injury, which showed my arm isn't broken, and an MRI last Wed that was deemed inconclusive. The NP's response was, "well we'll just keep trying". I want to see an orthopedic MD, but he (the NP) says its too early for that. What is my recourse?

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    http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/Workshop/Workshop_English.htm

    http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/iwguides/IWGuide02.pdf

    You can find the answers at the links above.
    I post with the full knowledge and support of my employer, though the opinions rendered are my own and not necessarily representative of their position. In other words, I'm a free agent.

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      thanks, those help

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        If it's been 30 days since your date of injury, you have the right to designate your own primary treating physician. You also have the right to ask to see a physician rather than an NP.

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