KING OF PRUSSIA, PA .– (BUSINESS WIRE) – Psychosocial factors are a strong predictor of the development of chronic pain and represent barriers to returning to work. How these are recognized and addressed in physiotherapy is the topic of the MedRisk webinar “Psychosocial barriers when returning to work” on Tuesday, October 19, at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

“Biopsychosocial factors have been linked to actual physical changes in the brain and nervous system that increase pain sensitivity and severity,” said Anne Marciniak, PT, DPT, MedRisk Clinical Services Team Leader, who will present the webinar with Katie McBee. PT, DPT, OCS, MS, CEAS who is the director of Workers Compensation and Pain Management Initiatives at Phoenix Rehab.

The one-hour lecture gives an overview of the bio-psychosocial treatment model, which includes an interaction between biological, psychological and socio-cultural factors. The speakers will discuss the use of a validated measure that identifies the presence of psychosocial risk factors and assigns a risk level for poor outcomes.

In addition, the concept of a psychologically informed physiotherapy practice is discussed, in which the therapist becomes a coach for self-management and behavior change. This practice is intended to prevent pain-related functional restrictions.

MedRisk, Phoenix Rehab, and DentalWorks USA are sponsoring the free, hour-long webinar, and educational credits are available to hires, registered nurses, and nurses in several states. Find out more here and register for “Psychosocial barriers when returning to work”.

About MedRisk

MedRisk, based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, is the largest managed care organization dedicated to the physical rehabilitation of injured workers. The company has been clinically oriented since it was founded and has an international scientific advisory board that develops and maintains physical medicine-specific, evidence-based guidelines for employee compensation. MedRisk, which has successfully completed SSAE 18 SOC Type 1 and 2 exams, ensures quality care and offers great customer service. For more information, visit www.medrisknet.com or call 800-225-9675.