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Workplace Disability Seminar - Edmonton

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10930 177 St NW

Edmonton, AB T5S 2X7

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Opioids, Marijuana ... What About Work?

Dr. Roxane Grade

This presentation provides current data on opioid prescribing in Alberta, factual considerations of medical marijuana, and discussion of safety-sensitive positions relative to the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

Dr. Grade will present strategies for the management of opioid and marijuana prescriptions from an occupational health and safety perspective at safety-sensitive jobs and safety-sensitive work sites.

From the perspective of an experienced occupational health physician, Dr. Grade will also provide expert insight on:

  1. Will the opioid epidemic be followed by a marijuana tsunami?

  2. What can employers expect regarding related injuries, fatalities, liabilities and cost?

In consideration of the many opinions that exist on this topic, practical strategies will be suggested to manage these important emerging issues.


Depression: Overcoming a Complex and Costly Disease

Dr. Klaus Gendemann

Every week, 500,000 Canadians do not go to work because of mental illness, according to the Mental Health Commission of Canada. And more than 30 per cent of disability claims and 70 per cent of disability costs in Canada are attributed to mental illness — especially depression.

Depression is a neurobiological disorder with significant psychological features. This presentation will discuss the biological factors that cause depression symptoms. Dr. Gendemann will also explain the intrinsic factors (e.g. family history of depression) and extrinsic factors (e.g. drug abuse, social stressors, pain disorders, etc.) that may precipitate a depressive episode.

The last part of this session will outline the latest medical options to treat depression and the general prognosis for people who suffer from depressive disorders.


Chronic pain: What we know (and don’t know) about ‘somatoform disorders’

Dr. Chris Lyddell

Over the past few decades, particularly in developed countries, we have experienced an explosion of complaints about soft tissue pain from disorders not specifically associated with a definable pathologic process. The severity of these so-called ‘somatoform’ disorders incapacitates some people to the point of being unable to work, or at times even function on a day-to-day basis.

The mechanism by which these clinical syndromes cause disabling pain is poorly understood. The prevalence of chronic pain also varies in different countries and there are numerous associated psycho-social conditions.

However, it is clear that there is a significant prevalence of widespread pain of varying degrees in the public at large — and pain definitely increases with age!

Dr. Lyddell will discuss our current understanding of the more common chronic pain disorders, and emphasize the strengths and shortfalls of the current classification criteria.


Low Back Pain 101: Problem, Pain & Prevention


Dr. Maureen O’Brien

Low back pain (LBP) is the most common physical reason people visit their family doctor or emergency room. It has been estimated that LBP is responsible for up to 50 per cent of missed workdays, resulting in enormous lost income and workplace productivity.

Approximately 10 per cent of the population has LBP at any one point in time and more than 40 per cent of people will have LBP at some point in their lives. After an acute episode of LBP, symptoms usually improve quickly with 85 per cent of people completely better by six weeks. However, we are all aware of situations when this is not the case and a chronic condition develops.

This seminar will familiarize participants with the anatomy of the back and structures responsible for causing back pain. The types of LBP will be reviewed with emphasis on objective vs. subjective symptoms, including an explanation of ‘Waddell’s Signs.’

This seminar will outline the effective treatment and management of LBP to facilitate rehabilitation and attain full function. Prevention of chronic low back pain, an important workplace consideration, will also be discussed.

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