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Incorporating return-to-work as a treatment goal

Appropriate work activities help those recovering to heal faster

Mr Tan is a 56-year-old bus driver who came to consult me about his right shoulder pain, which had been bothering him for about two months and made it impossible for him to drive for long periods.

He had first gone to a polyclinic, and the primary care physician there referred him to me, as his condition is one that requires treatment to help him cope with the pain. In addition, the management of his condition should seek to minimise the days he takes off work, and facilitate an early return to work.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 04, 2018, with the headline 'Incorporating return-to-work as a treatment goal'. Print Edition | Subscribe