Starting Work Again Following Back Surgery

After you have had back surgery, you may find that you wish to return to work as soon as possible.  Most people will not longer receive any income from their job while they are recovering from the operation, so there is a great deal of motivation to get back to work as soon as possible.  The problem stems from overexertion; if you push yourself too hard too fast, you may end up injuring yourself again or even disabling yourself permanently.  The purpose of this article is to outline several guidelines to take into account when you start planning to go back to work after your back surgery.

Many people have desk jobs, and it is must easier to go back to a desk job than it is to a physically laborious one.  Physically intensive jobs that require a lot of lifting will need much more recovery time.  Unfortunately, you may also find that if your injury is a severe one and your job is a very physically intensive one, you may not actually be able to return to that particular job.

Effort during rehabilitation also impacts your ability to go back to work.  Some patients reject physical therapy in lieu of rest and painkillers.  This is not what should be done.  You can help prevent further injury later on, in addition to strengthening your back, simply by going through physical therapy.

Most of the time, and this is doubly true if you were injured on the job, you will need to get your doctor to sign a release form before you will be able to go back to work.  This tells your employer not only that you are physically able to work, but also the kinds of things that you are allowed to do.  Your employer wants to make sure that you will not get hurt again and that you are in ideal health and can still physically do your job.

Depending on the type of back surgery you had, there will be a great deal of variation in how long it is going to take you to recover.  The general rule is that the more invasive the procedure is, the longer your back surgery recovery will be.

Going back to work following back surgery depends on a lot of things, including the type of job you have.  Less labor intensive jobs are much easier to go back to.  Whatever you end up doing, you need to make sure to work closely with your doctor and physical therapist in order to ensure a speedy and full recovery.  If, for any reason, you will not be physically capable of returning to work, there are programs in place in most states that provide assistance in training for a new vocation in the event of injury.

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