No matter where you work, whether it’s a coffee shop or a construction site, the risk of an injury at work is always prevalent. Once you’ve been injured, it’s a difficult decision to return to work, and when. You may worry it’s too early and you’ll risk re-injury, but if left too late, you risk a whole range of other problems. You could also suffer financially without a paycheck or workers’ compensation benefits to help make ends meet. Finding the right balance is best, especially if you have a physically demanding job that requires a lot of energy and requires a sound body and mind.
It’s important that you adhere to your work restrictions, if your doctor has told you that, say, you shouldn’t lift something heavier than 50 pounds. It also doesn’t hurt to have a copy of this document with you when you return to work. It’s normal to want to push yourself in order to show your employer you’ve moved on from your injury, but doing so can have disastrous consequences.
When Should I Return to Work?
You may be released to return to work before you’ve reached what is called “maximum medical improvement.” Even if you’re still in physical therapy for an injury, you could be released to a modified work schedule or something less physically demanding, such as desk work only. By paying attention to your doctor’s orders, and following their instructions on when to go back to work, you can reduce the risk of another injury. Note: You must report to work on your release date and notify your employer immediately when your doctor says you can go back to work.
If you are unable to return to your old job, you may be at the mercy of your workers’ comp insurance company. It’s important to work have legal guidance and follow your doctor’s instructions.
Contact Us at QualCare Rehabilitation and Allied Medical Centers for Workers’ Comp Rehab
Our effective treatment options are designed to get you back to work, and with our team of physicians, chiropractors, and physical therapists at your side, you will be able to return to work as quickly and safely as possible, so your life can get back to normal. Whether your work injury was caused by repetitive motions, a one-time accident, or anything else, you can count on our team to provide you with the quality care you need to make a full recovery.
Contact us today at (713) 588-0042 for a consultation. We also accept referrals from attorneys, our fellow physicians, insurance adjusters, case managers, and employers.