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Physical therapy has increasingly become the first-line therapy for musculoskeletal injury; however, PTs vary significantly in their approach to identifying risk factors for chronic pain and disability. Research suggests that the most important prognostic factors are psychosocial and can include depression, anxiety, fear of reinjury and pain catastrophizing.
A 2019 article published in the Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research reviewed six psychometric tools and made recommendations for how and when they might best be employed in a physical therapy setting.
The authors’ review covered the following psychometric tools:
The authors assert that these clinical tools may provide important prognosis insights and help inform PTs on whether a psychologically-informed treatment platform is indicated. Likewise, MedRisk is dedicated to helping PTs determine if yellow flags are contributing factors in patient presentation and uses the Orebro Short Form (OMPSQ-SF) during PT consultation with injured workers in advance of scheduling.
Click here to read the complete article.
Van Wyngaarden JJ, Noehren B, Archer KR. Assessing psychosocial profile in the physical therapy setting. J Appl Behav Res. 2019;24:e12165. https://doi.org/10.1111/jabr.12165
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