Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation - Volume 3, issue 1
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Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation is a journal whose main focus is to present relevant information about the interdisciplinary approach to musculoskeletal rehabilitation for clinicians who treat patients with back and musculoskeletal pain complaints. It will provide readers with both 1) a general fund of knowledge on the assessment and management of specific problems and 2) new information considered to be state-of-the-art in the field. The intended audience is multidisciplinary as well as multi-specialty.
In each issue clinicians can find information which they can use in their patient setting the very next day. Manuscripts are provided from a range of health care providers including those in physical medicine, orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, neurosurgery, physical therapy, radiology, osteopathy, chiropractic and nursing on topics ranging from chronic pain to sports medicine. Diagnostic decision trees and treatment algorithms are encouraged in each manuscript. Controversial topics are discussed in commentaries and rebuttals. Associated areas such as medical-legal, worker's compensation and practice guidelines are included.
The journal publishes original research papers, review articles, programme descriptions and cast studies. Letters to the editors, commentaries, and editorials are also welcomed. Manuscripts are peer reviewed. Constructive critiques are given to each author. Suggestions for thematic issues and proposed manuscripts are welcomed.
Abstract: A number of self report, interview, and behavioral measures have been developed relevant to disability assessment. This paper reviews those measures and the psychological factors that have been studied in relation to those measures. In order to facilitate a systematic review of this research, the research is organized along lines suggested by the Glasgow Illness Model: (1) research associated with physical findings is reviewed first; (2) personality, emotional, and cognitive factors are examined as they relate to disability; (3) relations between illness behaviors and disability are studied; (4) social factors relevant to the sick role (compensation status, family dynamics) are…reviewed. Patterns among the findings and suggestions for future research are discussed.
Abstract: Many individuals who experience chronic pain are able to return to work in some capacity but continue to suffer from ongoing pain problems resulting in increased absenteeism and reduced productivity on the job. These individuals continue to require ongoing medical interventions. Monthly follow-up visits to a physician rarely provide effective treatment strategies that patients can use at home. The challenge is to develop an effective and inexpensive treatment program that will assist patients in regaining or maintaining employment and decrease reliance on health care facilities. A program of this type has been developed for chronic pain sufferers, primarily those with…low back and cervical spine pain. The treatment is a six-week interdisciplinary program including relaxation training, gradually increasing exercise, and significant education on behavioral and exercise strategies and nutrition for long-term pain management. This program is inexpensive, cost efficient, and may be implemented easily in a variety of settings.