If you’ve been hurt on the job while lifting or moving something incorrectly, you could be left with severe back pain. You may have to take a few weeks off and collect worker’s compensation, but when you’re ready to return to work, you want to be sure that your back won’t slow you down. However, it’s more than likely you’ll still experience some discomfort during those first few days, and it’s important to know your limitations. At the Colorado Spine Institute in Loveland, we can provide treatment for your back pain and help you find the relief you need.
Listen to Your Body
During those first few days when you’re back on the job, be sure to listen to your body and most importantly, heed your doctor’s advice. You may be cleared to work, but that doesn’t mean you should go all out and lift and move things like you did before. That can be a sure way to re-injuring your back and increasing your pain. Take time to rest throughout the day, and you’ll be able to ease into your normal work routine.
Wear Supportive Clothing
Following a back injury, it may be necessary to change what you wear to work on a daily basis. A different pair of shoes that properly supports your heels and arches can make a great difference, and it might be necessary to wear a waist and back support so you can protect yourself while lifting and moving boxes and other objects.
Be Open and Honest While Also Positive and Productive
After you return to work, you want to be as positive and productive as you can, while also staying within the limitations of what your back will let you do. Be open and honest with your coworkers about how you want to contribute, and let them know that you’re working to be at 100 percent as soon as possible. You may have a supervisor who asks you to do something you know you can’t do, and letting them know you would like to complete the task, but it would be in your best interest not to can help them better understand your condition. It may be beneficial to keep a doctor’s note handy – not to get out of certain tasks, but to show that you’re working on getting better, but can’t be moving heavy objects for at least awhile longer.
Dealing with back pain at work can be a challenge, especially if you’re still recovering from a serious injury. It’s important to always be a team player, and to show support to those who have also suffered an injury while on the job. Our doctors and specialists can thoroughly examine your back following an on-the-job accident, and help you determine how long of a recovery time you will have. When you’re ready to return to your job, we’ll provide the necessary guidance for managing your daily pain and giving your body the best chance to heal while you’re contributing at work.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment. 4795 Larimer Parkway
Colorado Spine Institute
Johnstown, CO 80534
4795 Larimer Parkway