Psychosocial pitfalls of "ordinary" injuries

Gabrielle Lis

We eavesdrop on a conversation (ok, polite but passionate debate) between RTW professionals with differing views on the influence of psyschosocial issues on recovery from non-catastrophic injury.

The debate started with Robocop. Not the movie: the nickname, given to Deputy Sheriff Jeremy Romero from New Mexico, who became a paraplegic after crashing his police car. “I thought my injuries were so severe, I thought I was going to die,” Romero told the audience at the National Workers Compensation and Disability Conference in Las Vegas in December 2017. “I was suicidal, I told the doctors no more surgeries. My family...

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