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Back on track — the use of mental health services by workers with low back pain

Lauren Finestone

Early mental health services can accelerate recovery, improve function and improve return-to-work outcomes for workers with low back pain.

Musculoskeletal disorders — especially those that affect the back — are common in workers' compensation schemes.  Poor mental health can both contribute to, and result from, low back pain. And persistent pain, the side effects of medication and administrative processes can worsen mental health. All of which affect recovery and the ability to return to work.  Workers in Australia have access to various funding sources for m...

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Published 08 August, 2023