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The Injured Worker

Psychological Injury

One focus of the Behavioral Medicine Associates program of care is on the needs of the injured worker.  Work related injuries often involve a behavioral component that requires treatment.  Programs of pain management and lifestyle adjustment enable patients to return to work sooner, with less disability.  It is well documented that ongoing, chronic pain results in significant psychological and behavioral dysfunction.  Workers injured on the job who experience persistent pain require direct behavioral intervention.  The impact of being out of work, losing one’s identity, and coping with the results of a physical injury can be devastating.  With treatment, workers can learn specific skills to cope with pain and to develop the skills necessary to adapt to their injuries.  Treatment enables workers to develop the “emotional muscle” necessary to rehabilitate and return to a productive life.  It would be difficult to conceive of a physical injury in which there was not psychological sequella.  Aside from the pain and limitations imposed by the injury, the patient is confronted with financial, occupational, family, parenting, and social limitations that must be assessed, quantified, reported and treated.

Many work related injuries have a direct psychological/behavioral component

BMA was honored to treat many workers who were victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks.  We are pleased that the majority have been able to return to work and continue to lead active and productive lives.  Workers who are involved in incidents that result in direct behavioral/emotional problems can be successfully treated.  BMA works together with the employee, the family, and often with the union or group to assist these workers in returning to their pre-accident level of functioning.

Primarily, cognitive-behavioral treatments are used to help injured workers.  These treatments provide skills and concrete behavioral techniques that can be used to regain behavioral and emotional functioning.  BMA is dedicated to provide the injured worker with the most effective program of care.  Helping an injured man or woman return to work, enabling them to maintain their dignity and sense of self-respect is one of our most important missions.