A work related back injury and the back pain that comes with it can have an impact in normal well-adjusted families. Spouses and children often take over family responsibilities once carried on by injured worker. The impact of limitations can result in a restructuring of family and social roles, relationships, and self-identities. In addition, these impacts have led to depression and anger among the injured workers and to stress and strain in family relationships. Unlike the effects on work, many of these results are not valued in the workers’ compensation, and as a consequence, are less visible. They are important and more attention should be focused on social structural factors such as the provision of medical services and social support to reduce the impact of chronic back pain on family members. If you’ve suffered from a work related back injury in or near Glenwood Springs and need answers fast – call me, Don Kaufman, 24/7 at (970) 947-1776. I understand and will fight for you.