Steps To Recover From a Work-Related Back Injury
Work-related back injuries are quite common in the United States of America. Unfortunately, a work-related back injury can be life-altering. A back injury can affect, among other things, your ability to perform tasks that you easily performed before your accident and your future career prospects.
It can take time to recover from a work-related back injury. However, the good news is that recovery is possible. If you take the proper steps after suffering a work-related back injury, you can recover, regain strength, and resume a normal life. In this article, we share some of the steps you can take after suffering a work-related back injury that can enable you to recover and resume a normal life.
#1: Seek Prompt Medical Attention
It is vital to seek prompt medical attention after a work-related back injury. Don’t try to act strong and work through the pain. Even if the pain you are experiencing seems bearable, ensure you seek prompt medical attention. Not seeking immediate medical attention can cause more damage and result in a longer recovery period. When you see a doctor without delay, they can diagnose the severity of your back injury on time and recommend appropriate treatment.
It is vital to note that while Vermont law allows your employer to direct you to a company doctor for your first medical visit after you suffer a work-related injury, after that first visit, you can be treated by a doctor of your choosing.
#2: Focus on Your Recovery
Once you begin treatment, ensure you are focused on recovery. However, it is understandable why this can be hard. A workers’ compensation claim can make it challenging to focus on your recovery. At Sluka Law PLC, we understand how crucial it is for you to focus on your recovery after suffering a work-related back injury. That is why our I am here to help you with your workers’ compensation claim. I can handle your case, including your employer and the insurance company, while you focus on recovery.
#3: Listen to Your Doctor
When it comes to recovering from a back injury, it is vital that you listen to your doctor. Your doctor knows what is best for your body. Follow any advice and recommendations your doctor has so you can achieve the best outcome possible. If your doctor recommends a rehabilitation program, follow the program. If they tell you to avoid certain activities, avoid those activities. Not listening to your doctor could worsen your injury.
Some activities your doctor may advise you not to engage in include the following;
- Heavy lifting
- Standing for extended periods
- Activities that involve excess twisting, such as golf or tennis
- High-impact activities, such as running and jumping
#4: Make Necessary Lifestyle Adjustments
After suffering a work-related back injury, it may be necessary to make some lifestyle adjustments. For example, your doctor may recommend modifying your diet or sleeping position.
Contact Us for Legal Help
If you’ve suffered a work-related back injury, contact our qualified and dedicated Vermont workers’ compensation attorneys at Sluka Law PLC to get help with your workers’ compensation case.