Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Injury, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

Corruption of the Health Care Mission

Many injuries, resulting in spinal surgery, result in four consequent events:

a. There is an onset of pain and potential for chronic residual pain

b. There is an immediate reduction in income and concurrent inability to return to the same line of work

c. There is anger and frustration that the accident was due to either one_s own carelessness or the incompetence of coworker or employer

d. Significant people, who are supposed to be assisting, are continually referring to case settlements and claim value.

The situation is perverted in that the goal of care is to restore health, not to be invested in financial recovery.

However, when recovery is going to be compromised, then the patient looks to financial rewards.

Prior to surgery, it will be important to you as the primary provider to determine the patient_s goals and objectives, expectancies, resources and the role and input of family support. Until that is determined, any surgical procedure will have definable blind spots which have, and will, return to haunt you.

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