Fixing pain versus managing injury

Stefanie Garber

Encouraging a client with a chronic injury to "manage" their condition may have better long-term outcomes than a quick fix.

"Get well soon!” This cheerful message is printed in greeting cards, painted on balloons and repeated by well-meaning visitors to the hospital. But in cases of chronic pain, this adage may do more harm than good. A client who understands that their condition is manageable, but not fixable, may have better outcomes than one holding out hope for a complete recovery. In an ideal system, patients taking the most time off would ...

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Published 28 August, 2013