Department of Behavioral Orthopedics

Verhaltensmedizinische Orthopädie

The underlying concept of the Department of Behavioral Orthopedics, in addition to the focus on functional orthopedic limitations/disorders and the related and usually persistent chronic pain, is mental and/or social stresses of everyday life.

These stresses can negatively affect quality of peoples' lives, lead to restrictions of their lifestyle, and have a negative effect on their physical being and physical activity.

Our goal is to show our patients the relationship between experience of pain, physical exertion, and mental being in a transparent way and how to break this vicious circle.                                                                                                             Scientific studies have also detected significantly better long-term effects of behavioral medicine and orthopedic rehabilitation.

Based on a closed group concept, the patients undergo medical, orthopedic and psychological treatment along with the sports and movement therapy.

The main goals of psychological treatment are, in addition to the teaching of basic principles for pain development and chronic pain condition, the development of mental strategies and specific relaxation techniques for pain reduction, and the teaching of strategies for coping with stress. All the learnt strategies are adapted to the individual needs of every patient.

The main treatment goals of movement therapy within the scope of behavioral orthopedics are based on individual mobility history in order to gain new experiences and find different approaches in mobility that can also be adapted to every patient.  
This helps the patients to gain new motor skills in everyday life, at work and in their spare time, and extend their freedom of action.

Main Treatment Areas:

Individual Medical / Orthopedic Care

  • Examination on arrival and discharge
  • Regular specialist visits
  • Medical consultations by appointment for treatment plan adaptation

Psychological Pain Management

  • Psychological interview on reception
  • Individual psychological meetings
  • Group meetings on the topics: pain development, pain perception, pain management and resource optimization

Sports and Movement Therapy

  • Exercise training
  • Aqua training
  • Job training

Social Counseling

  • In group and individual setting
    (focus on gradual reintegration of patients into their working life and their participation in it)