Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Returning to Work After a Back Injury

Can education efforts help injured workers return to their jobs quicker? A new study seems to indicate that.

Here’s more on it from the Compensation Advantage blog:

    A recent study in the February 2008 Physical Therapy Journal, “Effects of Education on Return-to-Work Status for People With Fear-Avoidance Beliefs and Acute Low Back Pain” examined two groups of workers who were unable to return to work following a work-related episode of low back pain and who exhibited fear-avoidance beliefs. Both groups received conventional physical therapy intervention. One group also was given education and counseling on pain management tactics and the value of physical activity and exercise.

    The effectiveness of the education and counseling was measured by the number of days it took people to return to work without restrictions. All participants in the education group returned to regular work duties within 45 days, whereas one-third of the other group were still off work at 45 days. The study concludes, “Education and counseling regarding pain management, physical activity, and exercise can reduce the number of days off work in people with fear-avoidance beliefs and acute low back pain.”

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Joan Price said...

My friend was consulting with a Philadelphia personal injury attorney after a slip and fall. She was recommended to a certain doctor who was very informative, and she recovered quicker than most of the attorney's clients. So, I find this article quite interesting. Thanks for the share.