Evaluation of functional restoration outcomes for chronic disabling occupational cervical disorders

Meredith M. Hartzell, Tom G. Mayer, Sali Rahadi Asih, Randy Neblett, Robert J. Gatchel

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Objective: To systematically evaluate the effectiveness of an interdisciplinary functional restoration program (FRP) for treating chronic cervical disorders. Methods: Consecutive chronic occupational lumbar disorder patients (n = 898) and chronic occupational cervical disorder patients (n = 215) were admitted to an FRP from 2001 to 2011. Patients were compared on demographics, work-related and psychosocial factors, and socioeconomic outcomes 1 year after discharge. Results: Compared with lumbar patients, cervical patients were more likely to be female, have preadmission surgery, perform white-collar work, and have a longer time between injury and treatment admission. Cervical patients were similar to lumbar patients on most psychosocial self-report outcome measures. In addition, both groups exhibited high work return and work retention rates 1 year after FRP discharge. Conclusions: An FRP seems to be equally efficacious for treating both chronic occupational cervical and lumbar disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)959-964
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2014


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