Functional restoration and other rehabilitation approaches to chronic musculoskeletal pain disability syndromes

Tom G. Mayer, Peter B. Polatin, Robert Joseph Gatchel

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Tertiary treatment is appropriate for chronically disabled patients requiring physician-directed, intensive, interdisciplinary team rehabilitation with multiple professionals on site and available for treatment of all patients. We review the fundamental features of one such therapeutically effective form of tertiary treatment Functional Restoration. This approach focuses on the quantification of function in order to monitor physical deconditioning-reconditioning, as well as emphasizing the importance of dealing with psychosocial and socioeconomic risk factors for disability. A discussion of how this is accomplished is provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-221
Number of pages13
JournalCritical Reviews in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1998



  • Functional restoration
  • Physical deconditioning
  • Quantification of function
  • Tertiary care

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