Handbook of Musculoskeletal Pain and Disability Disorders in the Workplace

  • Robert J. Gatchel
  • Izabela Z. Schultz

Part of the Handbooks in Health, Work, and Disability book series (SHHDW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. The Most Common Occupational Musculoskeletal Pain and Disability Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Robert J. Gatchel, Nancy D. Kishino, Alan M. Strizak
      Pages 3-17
    3. Andrew R. Block, Jessica Shellock
      Pages 19-33
    4. John C. Alexander, Humair Rana, William Epps
      Pages 35-54
    5. Jean-Sébastien Roy, Kadija Perreault, François Desmeules
      Pages 55-79
    6. Krista Howard, David March, Haseeb Ikram, Jenna Lorentsen, Jeffrey Howard
      Pages 81-99
    7. Akiko Okifuji, Bradford D. Hare
      Pages 101-120
    8. Cindy A. McGeary, Donald D. McGeary
      Pages 143-158
  3. Conceptual and Methodological Issues

  4. Intervention Approaches and Techniques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 317-317
    2. Robert J. Gatchel, Nancy D. Kishino, Izabela Z. Schultz
      Pages 379-393
    3. Niki Ellis, Dianne M. Sheppard, Malcolm Battersby, Fiona J. Clay
      Pages 395-416
    4. Matthew T. Knauf, Izabela Z. Schultz, Alison M. Stewart, Robert J. Gatchel
      Pages 431-452
    5. Antti O. V. Malmivaara
      Pages 471-484
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 499-509

About this book


Chronic pain from job-related stressors is responsible for countless lost work hours and considerable lost revenue--and if current statistics are any indication, the problem isn't going away anytime soon. Between rising numbers of affected workers and rising health care costs, musculoskeletal pain has taken on crisis proportions.


The Handbook of Musculoskeletal Pain and Disability Disorders in the Workplace addresses the complex state of the issues in authoritative and practical fashion. Divided evenly between common occupational pain disorders, conceptual and methodological issues, and evidence-based intervention methods, this comprehensive reference presents current findings on prevalence, causation, and physical and psychosocial aspects common to these disorders. Attention is given to working-world concerns, including insurance and compensation issues and AMA guidelines for disability evaluations. Also, specialized chapters offer lenses for understanding and administering the best approaches for treating specific pain disorders, as well as explore what workplaces can do to accommodate affected employees and prevent injuries from occurring in the first place. Among the Handbook's featured topics:


  • Chronic widespread pain.
  • Whiplash injuries: etiology, assessment, and treatment.
  • Acute, postacute, and chronic disorders: differences and potential recovery outcomes.
  • Medicolegal issues involved in occupational musculoskeletal injuries.
  • Self-management techniques for musculoskeletal pain.            
  • Models of return-to-work for musculoskeletal disorders.


The Handbook of Musculoskeletal Pain and Disability Disorders in the Workplace offers expert, up-to-date coverage suited to health psychologists, rehabilitation specialists (including physical, vocational, and occupational therapists), human resources and disability management

professionals, and occupational medicine physicians.


Back injury disability in the workplace musculoskeletal disorder musculoskeletal pain occupational disability return-to-work

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert J. Gatchel
    • 1
  • Izabela Z. Schultz
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA
  2. 2.Dept of Educational and Counseling PsychologyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4939-0611-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4939-0612-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2198-7084
  • Series Online ISSN 2198-7092
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