What is functional restoration rehabilitation? My surgeon and my shrink are suggesting I complete the FRR program at their clinic.
Functional restoration rehab (FRR) has been around since the 1970s. It was first started to help chronic pain patients who failed to improve with medications, injections, physical therapy, or surgery.
Patients with chronic pain found themselves in a downward spiral of pain, disability, depression, and more pain.
FRR has been proven effective in helping patients break out of this vicious and never-ending cycle. The focus of the program isn't on a cure from the pain. Instead, patients are taught how to cope better with the pain so they can do more and enjoy what they can do. It is possible to improve a person's quality of life even without eliminating the pain. That's the final outcome of FRR.
Each patient is placed on a physical reconditioning program that is best for him or her. Training is provided by physical therapists to increase tolerance of activities. Psychologic support is given to help with stress, depression, anger, and sleep disturbances.
Training is provided to help improve coping skills. Group support is essential in the process because although the program works, it's not easy.
Robert J. Gatchel, PhD, et al. MMPI Disability Profile: The Least Known, Most Useful Screen for Psychopathology in Chronic Occupational Spinal Disorders. In Spine. December 1, 2006. Vol. 31. No. 25. Pp. 2973-2978.
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