Assessment and Conservative Treatment of Occupational Musculoskeletal Disability

  • Terence E. Fitzgerald
  • Nomita Sonty
Part of the Springer Series in Rehabilitation and Health book series (SSRH)


An epidemic of chronic work disability secondary to benign musculoskeletal trauma has presented industrialized societies with a multifaceted dilemma that has no clear solution. The incidence of sustained low back pain and, more recently, functional impairment secondary to upper extremity cumulative trauma disorder (UECTD) has increased dramatically during the latter half of the 20th century. The pervasive impact and refractory nature of work disability have necessitated infusion of expertise from diverse fields, such as sports medicine, occupational health psychology and behavioral medicine, ergonomics, exercise physiology, finance, law, and vocational rehabilitation, and has spawned new specialties, such as disability management. No longer the sole domain of independent provider or passive modality efforts, conservative care now reflects interdisciplinary participation in prevention, assessment, and treatment of these disorders.


Work Disability Injured Worker Functional Capacity Evaluation Occupational Rehabilitation Pain Drawing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Terence E. Fitzgerald
    • 1
  • Nomita Sonty
    • 2
  1. 1.Occupational Health InstituteBlue Ridge Rehabilitation MedicineAshevilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyNational Rehabilitation HospitalUSA

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