When is vocational therapy indicated for chronic pain syndrome (CPS)?

Updated: Jan 14, 2020
  • Author: Manish K Singh, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Vocational therapy should be recommended and initiated early for all appropriate patients. It can provide work capacities and targeted work hardening so that the patient may return to gainful employment, the ultimate functional restoration.

Each patient is evaluated to determine work history, educational background, vocational skills and abilities, and motivation level to return to work. The patient should get help from a vocational counselor regarding legal rights and obligations in each state (eg, workman's compensation). Each patient needs to set realistic goals.


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