Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs)
Comprehensive IME Examinations
If you are involved in an accident or sustain an injury that prevents you from working, an independent medical examination (IME) can be crucial in determining when you can return to work.
Total Orthopaedic Care would be happy to schedule an IME at a time and location that is convenient for you, your employee, or your client. Call us today at (954) 735-3535 for an appointment at our Pembroke Pines or Lauderdale Lakes office, or use our secure online appointment request form.
An IME is a physical examination that is performed by a physician who is not involved in the diagnosis and treatment of an individual and, therefore, has no doctor-patient relationship, but now plays an important role in determining impairment and/or disability.
The doctors at Total Orthopaedic Care perform IMEs in our Pembroke Pines and Lauderdale Lakes offices for patients with injuries to the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, back, or neck, bearing in mind the importance of timely and accurate communication with all parties involved, including patients, employers, attorneys, and case workers.
Our doctors will provide an objective and comprehensive IME, including a complete and thorough review of medical records, patient history, and physical examinations. As such, an IME supports several needs, including:
- Accurate diagnosis and treatment of the injury;
- Clarification of causal relation;
- Evaluation of medical status;
- Prognosis analysis; and
- Maximum medical improvement (MMI)
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Once the physical exam is completed and the medical records have been reviewed, our doctors will then outline their findings in a narrative report. This includes key factors such as the severity of the diagnosed injury, impairment rating, patient functionality, any restrictions or limitations, disability evaluation, and any treatment recommendations.