Hi, I'm a new EMT seeking advice on industry norms for handling injuries. After several months of solid work, I had a series of bad lifts with a weaker/new partner and pulled my back. It didn't get better and continued to get worse over the next week and a half, so I finally reported it and was sent home from work by my manager. The next day, I also was discouraged from seeing a doctor, told to use my sick time to cover missed hours, and told I'm to take time off without pay until I felt well enough to work. This sounds strange to me - is this normal with private EMS? I love my work, want to get back to it as soon as safely possible, and I'm concerned I'm not getting the best advice. Thanks in advance for any pointers, experiences you can share.