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Preventing chronic MSDs

Gabrielle Lis

The right kind of vocational rehabilitation can stave off the transition to chronic disability. What influences the success of vocational rehabilitation programs for workers with long-term musculoskeletal disorders?

Most people who take time off work because of a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) return within a few weeks, once the acute injury has settled. However, for some people disability persists into the sub-acute phase (4-12 weeks post-injury) and may become chronic. Vocational rehabilitation interventions are designed to help people recover safely at work after injury. These interventions may be medical, psychological, social or occupational. ...

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