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.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sep 2014|