One important thing to remember about workplace injuries is that they can sometimes impact you in ways that you wouldn’t necessarily expect. Different musculoskeletal systems are all connected, and an injury to one area can cause impairment or difficulty in another.
For instance, you may suffer a lower back injury trying to lift something on the job. Clearly, doing similar lifts is out of the question until you heal. But it’s not just that. Your injury could make it hard for you to walk or even sit in certain positions, vastly limiting your ability to work at all — at least in the short term.
This is a common issue that can be debilitating
If you are dealing with something like this, the first thing you need to know is that you’re definitely not alone. To one degree or another, estimates state that lower back issues will impact about eight out of every 10 Americans.
These injuries can come from many different sources. Just sitting with poor posture can lead to severe pain. You could also have some specific diseases or medical issues, like osteoarthritis or degenerative disc disease, that make your condition worse.
You can also easily aggravate your injury again by doing the wrong thing. You know that lifting something heavy caused your initial injury and pain, but sitting in an uncomfortable chair could accentuate it, make it take longer to heal or make the injury worse than it ever would have been otherwise.
For this reason, it’s not wise to rush back to work until you’re fully healed. See a doctor. Take the time to heal. Learn about your options to cover your costs with workers’ compensation while you get back to 100% and back to work. Working with an attorney can help you learn more and overcome any difficulties with your claim.