Workers’ compensation cases unfortunately are often complicated by anger and frustration which may be experienced by injured workers, employers, health care providers, attorneys, and other stakeholders. These emotions result from dysfunction in our workers’ compensation system and frustrations with the issues we encounter. They are among the disruptors within workers’ compensation and other disability benefit systems. By understanding the basis for these emotions, we can take steps to avoid and manage both and therefore achieve better outcomes; these steps relate to individual cases and claims processes. Therefore, all stakeholders should participate in this unique webinar involving leading internationally recognized authorities.
Anger is often a component of chronic pain. Being trapped in the workers’ compensation system with ongoing frustration adversely affects the body chemistry and the perception of pain is enhanced. To achieve better outcomes, we must understand the neurochemical nature of chronic pain, which is part of the basic survival response. Chronic pain is solvable by awareness, addressing all relevant factors simultaneously, focusing on function and not pain, and having patients assume control of their lives. This approach is structured, self-directed and consistently effective, even in the workers’ compensation system. Widespread implementation is possible and would dramatically reduce the costs, human and financial, associated with injury and disability. Addressing anger will at least in part resolve related frustrations.
Our featured guest is David A. Hanscom, MD, an internationally recognized orthopedic spine surgeon who is the author of the best-selling book Back in Control. He is joined by Chris Mandel, Director of the Sedgwick Institute and Christopher Brigham, MD, author of LivingAbled and Health: A Guide to Injury and Illness Recovery.