Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Injury, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

Healthy Independence

An injured worker can be able to return to work and also need care. If they are released to return-to-work, they may not have completed all necessary care.

If you go to work with a sore throat, that does not mean that you do not need to see your physician or require medication.

We all work with some degree of limitations. This may range from minor illnesses, minor injuries to fatigue, restlessness and personal problems.

Our presence at work does not mean that we do not need health care.

An injured worker may have may have neck, shoulder and head pain. He may be anxious and depressed. He may have financial and interpersonal problems.

Yet, he is able to work within reasonable and objective limitations.

If we wish him to consistently work, he may need continued care from his psychologist, orthopedist and physical therapy. He may need to take medication for his physical discomfort as well as medication for his anxiety and depression. He may need assistance adjusting to his pain and limitations.

It is most important that we do not complicate recovery by believing that (a) someone cannot work if they are in care_or (b) need no care just because they are able to return to work._

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