General Guideline Principles for Fear Avoidance
Belief Training for workers compensation patients

The New York State workers compensation board has developed these guidelines to help physicians, podiatrists, and other healthcare professionals provide appropriate treatment for Fear Avoidance Belief Training.

These Workers Compensation Board guidelines are intended to assist healthcare professionals in making decisions regarding the appropriate level of care for their patients with ankle and foot disorders.

The guidelines are not a substitute for clinical judgement or professional experience. The ultimate decision regarding care must be made by the patient in consultation with his or her healthcare provider.

Fear Avoidance Belief Training of Behavioral Interventions

Fear Avoidance Belief Training of Behavioral Interventions is recommended for the treatment of CRPS patients who have acute, subacute, or chronic symptoms.

Indications: Every stage and phase of CRPS FABT is especially recommended when a patient expresses a belief. It is also mentioned whenever an FAB is discovered during regular conversations. In the event that the employee does not express the FAB, preventative training is also advised. FABT is typically combined with other treatments or addressed during them.

Frequency/Dose/Duration: When an FAB is acknowledged or exposed, intervention is offered. Should address a de-emphasis on anatomical abnormalities in particular, emphasising patient education and active care.

Following the identification of an FAB, the provider should remain vigilant to help reinforce healthy attitudes. This normally involves two to three meetings, but it may extend up to a total of about six appointments. Patients with especially powerful FABs can need up to 12 visits.

What our office can do if you have workers compensation injuries

We have the experience to help you with their workers compensation injuries. We understand what you are going through and will meet your medical needs and follow the guidelines set by the New York State Workers Compensation Board.

We understand the importance of your workers compensation cases. Let us help you navigate through the maze of dealing with the workers compensation insurance company and your employer.

We understand that this is a stressful time for you and your family. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us so we will do everything we can to make it as easy on you as possible.


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