Three reversible epidemics drive the majority of costs in Workers' Compensation: Chronic Pain, Brain Injury, and PTSD. Chronic pain alone drives approximately 80% of the overall costs in the system. Nationwide, over 100 million Americans suffer chronic pain at a cost of over $625 billion annually, yet according to the landmark study at the Institute of Medicine, only 5 of the Nation's 133 medical schools provided any curriculum on the treatment of chronic pain. Despite the fact that all three epidemics and their associated disability and costs can be systematically reversed, evidence-based treatment is not routinely available - until now.
The use of chronic, high dose opiates for long term pain control was the standard of care less than 10 years ago. Because patients rapidly develop a tolerance to addictive medications, the dose had to be increased over and over to maintain any control over pain. Eventually, the pain control is negligible, but the side effects are serious and life-threatening. Moreover, individuals on chronic opiates experience more pain and disability, while patients actually have less pain and disability after chronic opiates have been stopped.
Law Enforcement personnel experience chronic pain due to traffic accidents, use of force, or repetitive motion injuries. In addition, long work hours coupled with on the job stressors prolong the recovery and result in suffering and poor job performance. Over the counter and other methods may have been attempted with little relief or success. This can lead to depression and other mental health related issues further complicating return to work.
In this course you will learn:
- Causes and prevalence of Chronic Pain and Disability within law enforcement.
- Chronic pain prevention and management including associated mental health concerns.
- Chronic pain treatment and long-term effects on performance and productivity