Going to work when you have a chronic pain-causing condition is an achievement in and of itself, made worse with certain types of work.
It’s important to try to stay in work even though you’re in pain. Research shows that people become less active and more depressed when they don’t work. Being at work will distract you from the pain, and in most cases, won’t make your pain worse.
Talk to your supervisor or boss about the parts of your job that may be difficult to begin with, but stress that you want to be at work.
If you have to stay off work for a while, try to get back as soon as possible. If you have been off work for 4 to 6 weeks, plan with your doctor, therapist or employer how and when you can return.
You could go back to work gradually. For instance, you might start with 1 day a week and gradually increase the time you spend at work.
You could also agree changes to your job or pattern of work if it helps – a health and safety rep or occupational health department may be useful here. The OsteoVision team work with a range of occupational health specialists who can support you to develop an optimal ‘getting back to work’ plan, rehabilitation plans, risk assessments, preventative measures and health promotion and wellbeing plans.
Working in a professional environment with pain not only affects the quality of your work, but more importantly can lead to long term issues.
Working in a limited capacity while dealing with pain and seeking treatment is often recommended to avoid time off from work as people become less active when not in a regular routine and this can lead to depression or other mental health issues. Furthermore, maintaining work and returning to work as soon as possible can help distract you from the pain.
Continuing to work (even if not full time) in conjunction with osteopathic/musculoskeletal treatment such as massage can help speed up recovery by keeping you active.
OsteoVision has a dedicated team of professional staff to help reduce pain, improve mobility and help you get back to work sooner.
OsteoVision works closely with a team of highly respected and specialised muscular skeletal (MSK) experts, which include pain specialists, orthopaedic surgeons, rheumatologists, medicines review specialists, specialist MSK physiotherapists, acupuncturists, cognitive behavioural specialists as well as occupational health specialists who provide complete care across the range of MSK conditions and complexity / severity of disease. The orthopaedic surgeons and pain specialists we work with only perform interventions and surgical procedures once they are confident that all appropriate osteopathy and physiotherapy interventions have been optimised. Generally, patients benefit from physiotherapy or osteopathy after surgery to optimally mobilise the joint and strengthen their muscles.