Identifying and Overcoming Psychosocial Barriers to Recovery from Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders

This session will strive to normalize psychosocial risk factors and review the complexity of pain processing is in the human body. Whether the provider, claims adjustor, employer or employee, psychosocial risk factors impacting any party in the case could potentially impact the outcome. We will review the neuroscience behind psychosocial risk factors and pain processing and discuss how psychosocial risk factors can have an impact on both the pain experience as well as the outcome.

This program will emphasize the importance of compassionate communication and simple techniques to assist employees in coping and developing self-efficacy while managing their work-related injury. As well, we will be emphasizing the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration and communication to further benefit the employee's recovery.

Attendees will take away skills to put into practice with their employees, to assist with mitigation of psychosocial risk factors for all parties and improved outcomes for employees. Case studies and outcomes from programs utilizing these skills will be reviewed to demonstrate the impact of simple changes in care.

David Hoyle
National Director of WorkStrategies, Select Medical
David Hoyle is an Orthopedic Board Certified Physical Therapist that has specialized in Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorder(WRMSD) prevention and recovery for more than 30 years. Dr. Hoyle has developed and implemented WRMSD prevention programs in a wide range of industries including medical, transportation, warehousing, manufacturing, and entertainment. His formal training in physical therapy, exercise sciences, and ergonomics as well his more than three decades of experience in the field make him a respected expert in the field of WRMSD prevention.
Robyn Lewis
Regional Director of WorkStrategies, Select Medical
Robyn Lewis has concentrated her practice in the area of occupational health and the management of work-related injuries for 29 years, in the outpatient environment and onsite in manufacturing plants. Robyn is an expert in the development of injury prevention programs including early symptom intervention, ergonomics, job task analysis, and employment testing. In her current role with Select Medical, she serves as a mentor to improve clinician knowledge and patient outcomes for complex and chronic pain conditions using a biopsychosocial treatment approach.