How to Recover From a Work Injury

Are you currently on the mend from an injury that you sustained at work? If so, you arenít alone. Workplace injuries are becoming more and more common. Whether youíre staring at a computer all day or lifting boxes, there are various ways to get injured at work. In 2016, there were 2.9 million nonfatal work injuries in the private sector alone.

Going through a workplace injury could be an extremely stressful and frustrating time. This is especially true if youíre unsure about when youíd be able to return to work. To make it even worse, on top of worrying about your health, you are also constantly thinking about your bills and the state of your job.

However, it is extremely important that you donít rush back to work. It is possible for you to believe that you are back in tip-top shape, only to realize that your body hasnít fully healed yet. This could cause further injuries or prolong your current one.

Here are 4 things that could help you recover from your job injury.

Take Things Slow

It is extremely frustrating not to be able to do the things you were once able to do after an injury. People often become upset, angry and withdrawn because of this. However, instead of fixating on what you canít do, focus on what you can and try to stay positive.

Many people hate asking for help after getting injured and try to act as if they do not need it. Donít be afraid or ashamed to ask for help. Getting assistance will prevent you from straining your injury more and will get you back quicker than you think. If you are unable to do certain aspects of your job, reach out to your co-workers and see if anyone is able to help you.

Attend Physical Rehabilitation

If your injury requires you to relearn certain movements, find a good physical therapist and consistently attend sessions. Life altering injuries could be traumatic and make you feel like you need to give up on the quality of life that you once had. However, this isnít true. Start regularly attending physical therapy sessions and remind yourself to stay patient. The road back may be long, but that doesnít mean that it is impossible.

Gradually Increase Your Movements

While rest is essential for a good recovery, so is movement. On top of physical therapy, you should incorporate walks and stretches into your day. Getting your body warm and your blood flowing will help promote healing.

However, this doesnít mean to push through the pain and drive yourself to do strenuous exercise, too quickly. Like we stated above, healing is often a slow process. Gradually increase the amount of exercise you put your body through on a daily basis and stop when you start feeling aches, pains or strains.

Speak to Your Employer About Compensation and Recovery Goals

After sustaining a work injury, you should speak to your human resources and gather the paperwork necessary for filing a workers compensation claim. According to Riverside workers compensation attorneys, DiMarco Araujo Montevideo, it is an employeeís job to start the claim process. Employers are not responsible for carrying out the compensation process. It is important that you start this process as soon as possible so that you can get help sooner rather than later.

Openly communicate with your employer about your recovery process and when you think youíd be able to return to work. If you believe that you wonít be able to complete certain tasks or duties for a while, speak to them about that and offer potential solutions to the issue. Donít push yourself to do things that you know might re-strain or injure your body again.

 

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Naomi D9 days ago

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