What You Need to Know About Returning to Work After an Injury
Getting injured can really side track your life. Once you have recovered from your injury and are ready to head back to work there are a few things you should keep in mind.
Follow Doctor's Orders
It is very important that once you return to work you follow your doctor's orders. In many cases your physical activity will be different than before your injury. You may be tempted to jump right back into your normal activity level. You should avoid this if your doctor has told you to take it easy. For instance after a back injury you may not be able to lift the same weight you could previously. Follow your doctor's orders in order to heal properly. If you are injured again, it could put your job in jeopardy.
Talk to Your Employer
It is important that you communicate with your employer so that you are both on the same page concerning your injury and any changes that your injury will bring to your current position. In most cases your employer will want to work with you to make sure you make a full recovery. However, this is difficult if you do not communicate to them what your needs or changes will be.
Don't Over Do It
Even though you will be eager to get back to work and become active again, be careful not to do too much too soon. Doing too much too soon could make your injury worse and slow down your recovery. It is better to take it slow and heal completely. This will ensure that you are able to stay at work and will ensure a more complete recovery in the long run.
Injuries happen. Taking good care of yourself and pacing yourself during your return to work is crucial to your long term health and job productivity.