Tag: <span>workers comp</span>

Psychology of Modified Duty

The Concept of Alternate Duty When you treat an injured worker, you quickly receive from the employer a job description for alternate duty. Too often, the employer is simply describing what the patient did when s/he sustained the back, neck, knee injury…robbery, assault, MVA or workplace violence. Sometimes, the alternative duties are virtually the same …

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Time Loss

Time Loss It is extremely important to determine to what degree a patient is self-medicating and complicating his/her own recovery process. Time loss impacts the capacity for future goal setting. In the acute (short term) treatment of pain, aggressive pain management can prevent the patient from developing fear and hopelessness regarding the future. However, many …

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Risk Factors

Risk of Injury The probability of psychological disorder pre-existing or even causing injury has increased. Mental disorders are becoming more widespread, beginning as early as the teens, according to the results of an international study. Most individuals with mental health problems are not treated at all, and nearly half do not seek treatment.  Their problems …

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Recovery

The Process For many patients, the question can be stated: “If I cannot get a whole lot better…and I really do not know what to do with my life…what possible advantage is there in seeing or presenting myself as maximally medically improved.” And for some of these patients, they may be quite correct. After all, with the …

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surveillance

Surveillance

Surveillance as a Disincentive to Recovery “…he’s supposed to be disabled and here he was working in his yard, …
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chronic pain

Psychotherapy Rather than Fusion?

A Norwegian study has shown that patients with chronic lower back pain get as much benefit from behavioural therapy as they …
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Settlement & Open Medical

Settlement is itself an interesting topic for which there is not enough discussion. For example, even brutally honest and …
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