Early treatment improves results: forum

Axis Rehabilitation Director and Specialist Physiotherapist, David Brentnall, recently spoke at a Musculoskeletal Forum.  The forum was jointly hosted by WorkCover Queensland, the Queensland Mining Health Improvement and Awareness Committee (HIAC) and the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

Here is an excerpt of David’s presentation:

Physiotherapy within 48 hours of an injury occurring dramatically increases patient recovery.

That was one of the key messages from Axis Specialist Musculoskeletal Therapist David Brentnall, who spoke at a management of musculoskeletal injuries forum.

David highlighted that:

  • Early intervention is key
  • Good practice needs a team of people with a consistent message
  • Predictors of poor outcomes are psychosocial rather than being physical
  • Unnecessary early investigations are not helpful and are associated with poorer outcomes.

He said studies have shown that early intervention significantly decreased chronic pain and reduced the time away from work.

“Those seen within the first three days had a 2% chance of having persistent symptoms after 12 weeks. When seen after seven days it’s much higher – 15% went on to have chronic pain at 12 weeks. Early physiotherapy is good – it’s active rehabilitation, not just symptom relief.”

AXIS is a leading provider of Onsite Physiotherapy and can assist your organisation with providing an early intervention program for your musculoskeletal injuries.

To read more and see the original WorkCover Queensland Forum post follow this link.