|Functional restoration is an intensive interdisciplinary group process of education, psychotherapy, and physical reconditioning through exercise and functional activities. The process results in reformation of neuromuscular, sensory and cognitive patterns that influence the individual patient’s thinking, perception and physical response to pain. An individualized care plan provides each patient with a “tool kit” of methods to manage chronic pain and return to a productive lifestyle. An integrated interdisciplinary treatment model has been shown to be superior to physical therapy and psychotherapy provided separately in terms of functional and emotional gains.The functional restoration program meets five days a week for group-oriented education and individualized exercise. A typical day involves participation in six one-hour activities including physical conditioning, psycho-educational groups, vocational counseling, medical follow up, and education in nutrition and wellness. There are approximately 180 hours of contact time in an six-week program. Abbreviated programs are offered, and are structured based on individual needs.Patient functional progress and program participation is reevaluated weekly at our interdisciplinary team conferences. Case managers and claims adjusters are welcome to attend in person or by teleconference.For individuals that live too far away to travel daily, we provide coordination with local hotels to offer special package rates and services for our patients.Since 2001, our program has helped improve the quality of life for our graduates, with many returning to normal activities of living, including both family responsibilities and employment.
Our goals include:
- providing each patient with a range of tools that can help them confidently and more effectively manage pain,
- helping return the patient to their highest functional level and to meaningful activities through increased fitness and strength, and
- increasing a patient’s sense of emotional well-being and independence, and
- establishing achievable goals within the workplace that enable injured workers to return to productive employment.
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