Navigating the counterintuitive road to recovery after musculoskeletal injury

Lauren Finestone

An article written for orthopaedic surgeons about what they can do to help patients’ recovery holds some interesting insights for all health professionals who work with injured workers.

Recovering from an injury can be tricky because our minds naturally think that engaging in activities that cause pain will make things worse.  This misconception is even harder to change when we're stressed or feeling down. We might start believing that moving our injured hand or stepping on a healing ankle will be bad for us. These thoughts can feel like facts and are tough to shake off. When despair or worry sets in, the belief that pain...

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