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If RTW with chronic back pain fails, try a new approach

Dr Mary Wyatt

Chronic pain is challenging to manage. Dr Wyatt describes a hotel worker's persistent, disabling case of back pain - and the treatment changes that made all the difference.

Take Home Messages: Rehabilitation for people with chronic back pain can be complex and challenging. However, the benefits of getting back to work are significant for the person and for the employer and the community. In this case study, a 27 year old man who worked in a hotel had months of rehabilitation after a workplace back injury but - contrary to everyone's expectations - couldn't get back to work. Eventually a new approach was tried...

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