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Handbook of Musculoskeletal Pain and Disability Disorders in the Workplace

  • Robert J. Gatchel
  • Izabela Z. Schultz


  • Reviews and synthesizes the current conceptual research and treatment advances across a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders

  • Focuses on most effective treatments to return workers back to occupational settings

  • Delves into complexities involved in assessment and treatment of particular musculoskeletal pain and disability disorders


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

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.


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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

About the editors

Dr. Robert Gatchel is the Nancy P. & John G. Penson Endowed Professor of Clinical Health Psychology and the Chairman of Psychology, College of Science at the University of Texas at Arlington. He also holds two other positions: clinical research director at the Eugene McDermott Center for Pain Management at the University of Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and director of biopsychosocial research at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. He is the author 23 books, 106 book chapters and 318 scientific research articles. His clinical research, most of it in the areas of the etiology, assessment and treatment of pain and disability, has been continuously funded over the past 30 years from grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He also received a prestigious Research Scientist Award from NIH and has been honored with awards from various organizations such as the American Psychological Association, the American Pain Society, the American Academy of Pain Management, the International Association for Dental Research, the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, the North American Spine Society, to name a few.

Dr. Izabela Z. Schultz is Professor of Rehabilitation Psychology and Director of Graduate Program in Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling in the Department of Educational and Counselling and Special Education at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Schultz is doubly board certified as diplomate in clinical psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology and as diplomate of the American Board of Vocational Experts. She has received international awards for her innovative research on prediction of occupational disability and professional leadership awards for major contributions to medico-legal aspects of rehabilitation psychology. She has published several books and numerous seminal papers and book chapters in the field of occupational disability and rehabilitation. She is an editor of the W

ork and Disability Section of Springer’s Psychological Injury and the Law and a founding member of this international journal.  Recently, she completed, with Dr. Sally Rogers, the pioneering Work Accommodation and Retention in Mental Health (Springer). Dr. Schultz is also a co-chair of the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on Assessment and Treatment of Persons with Disabilities. She has been leading development of best-evidence-informed practice guidelines in early musculoskeletal pain interventions, in work accommodation and retention in mental health, and in assessment and treatment of persons with disabilities.

Bibliographic information


“Professors Gatchel and Schultz address a growing problem of chronic pain arising from job-related stresses. … This book is meticulously assembled, making it a valuable reference for those engaged in alleviating musculoskeletal pain in their patients as well as others engaged in evaluating and possibly reducing disability disorders in the workplace.” (J. Thomas Pierce, Doody’s Book Reviews, June, 2016)