A physical therapist’s role in pain management: A biopsychosocial perspective

Kara Edgerton, Jarod Hall, Michelle K. Bland, Blaine Marshall, Ryan Hulla, Robert Joseph Gatchel

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Aim: People suffering with chronic pain have a decreased quality of life in both the physical and psychosocial dimensions. Popular treatment methods for a chronic pain patient are opioid prescriptions and surgery, which may not be beneficial to long-term outcomes in chronic pain patients, and may actually result in reducing a patient's overall health. Purpose: This review will examine the role of the physical therapist in treating chronic pain patients in regard to the biopsychosocial model. Reviewing chronic pain through a biopsychosocial perspective, screening, evaluation, intervention selection, and problems with programs adherence in regard to chronic pain patients in physical therapy will be discussed. Psychosocial components of chronic pain including fear of movement and depression are also examined in how they can hinder or interfere with physical therapy treatment and evaluation. Conclusion: When treating chronic pain patients, applying the biopsychosocial perspective to physical therapy with a focus on restoring physical function could provide the least invasive treatment for chronic pain patients with optimal outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12170
JournalJournal of Applied Biobehavioral Research
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StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019

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Physical Therapists
Pain Management
Chronic Pain
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pain
management
Therapeutics
evaluation
Opioid Analgesics
surgery
Fear
Prescriptions
quality of life
medication
Quality of Life
Depression
anxiety
Health

Keywords

  • biopsychosocial
  • chronic pain
  • physical function
  • physical therapy
  • program adherence

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Edgerton, Kara ; Hall, Jarod ; Bland, Michelle K. ; Marshall, Blaine ; Hulla, Ryan ; Gatchel, Robert Joseph. / A physical therapist’s role in pain management : A biopsychosocial perspective. In: Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research. 2019.
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