Return to Work

Medical work restrictions

The key to a successful return to work is to have appropriate medical restrictions in place, and to stick to them! Here’s how.

Establishing restrictions

The treatment plan your doctor creates is largely based on the information you provide. Be honest with your doctor about what hurts, how much it hurts and what causes it to hurt. Don’t try to tough it out or hide your pain, but don’t exaggerate your injury either.

Your doctor may give you a limit for weight lifting, restrict the time you’re able to stand or sit, or even require that you be temporarily placed in a different work environment. You and your employer can then take these restrictions and apply them to your job—focusing on what you can do, rather than what you can’t.

Complying with restrictions

It may be inconvenient to ask for help or to work with job modifications, but keep in mind that it’s temporary, and it really is in your best interest. And remember, lifting that heavy box at home is no different than lifting it at work. Restrictions apply everywhere, not just on the job!

As you heal, restrictions will usually be decreased gradually or eliminated altogether. Even if you feel you can do more than you are allowed, you should still comply with your current restrictions until your next office visit with your doctor. At that time, you and your doctor can adjust your restrictions as appropriate.

However, if you find that even with your restrictions, you’re experiencing pain when you work, call your doctor immediately. It’s important to prevent reinjuring yourself.

If your employer or supervisor asks you to do something that compromises your work restrictions, explain why you can not. If the issue continues, contact your Summit claims adjustor. We will investigate the situation and ensure that everyone understands your medical limitations.

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