Adjustment to Injury Counselling

What is Adjustment to Injury Counselling?

The process of adapting to a physical injury during the rehabilitation process can lead to a variety of difficulties and a number of changes in people’s lives including:

  • Physical – Pain; decreased strength/flexibility; increased medication use;
    decreased physical activity; & postural changes.
  • Psychological – Unhelpful beliefs; thoughts; & worry.
  • Emotional – Anger; teariness; hopelessness; & frustration.
  • Work – Impaired abilities & competence; changes in work role/loss of job.
  • Family – Increased irritability with partner/children/family; financial difficulties.
  • Social – Withdrawal from friends and leisure activities.

Adjustment to injury counselling teaches self-management strategies for coping with these changes; increases options and alternative ways for doing things; and provides support during the rehabilitation process.

The Importance of Early Treatment

If these difficulties are untreated they can lead to a range of psychological problems including: depression, anxiety, phobia, chronic sleep problems, chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, relationship problems and substance abuse. Early intervention can moderate or prevent psychological disturbance by providing effective skills to manage problems in all areas of a person’s life.

Adjustment to Injury Counselling Benefits

Counselling specifically focused on in injury adjustment can lead to an early recovery and enable the person to return to work. The main benefits are:

  • Sessions are only 1 hour a week and usually for about six weeks to 12 weeks depending on frequency.
  • All sessions are goal oriented and solution focused.
  • Skills taught are pro-active and based on self-management.
  • The approach is based on scientific evidence.
  • It is drug free and typically not long term.

Treatment Outline

Treatment is based on the assessment of each individual, and his or her specific needs.  However, a typical general outline of the skills taught and the focus of sessions are as follows:

Session 1:  Assessment, the grieving process, and goal setting.

Session 2:  Pain management and challenging unhelpful thoughts.

Session 3:  More sleep, less worry and relaxation.

Session 4:  Exploring your interactions with others, and defining or adapting your role after injury.

Session 5:  Examining work options, how you work, and ways to make your work more manageable.

Session 6:  Summary of treatment and predicting future difficulties to aid in their prevention.

Further Information

Contact Parkside Medical for more information.