One of the biggest issues after sustaining a car accident injury is returning to work. If your injuries are minor, you may be able to return to work, but with limited capabilities. If you sustain severe injuries, you may have to stay home for an extended period of time. In this blog, we are going to talk about the various work limitations you might face after a car accident injury. We will also offer some tips on overcoming these limitations and getting back to your normal self.
Common Work Limitations
Car accident injuries vary widely – from minor fender benders in a parking lot, to major freeway collisions at high speed. However, every single type of accident can cause injuries that impact a person’s ability to work. If you work at a desk job in an office, your injuries may make it painful to type or sit down for long periods of time. If your work involves manual labor, you may not be able to perform even the most routine tasks.
Tips for Overcoming Work Limitations
Regardless of your occupation and the extent of your injuries, here are a few tips for working effectively after a car accident injury:
- Recognize your limitations. The most important thing to remember is that you are recovering from an injury and you may not be able to perform all of your pre-injury tasks. Be aware of your restrictions and don’t push yourself to the point of additional injury.
- Follow your Doctor’s Orders. Your ultimate goal after being injured in a car accident is healing as quickly as possible. The most surefire way to do this is to follow your doctor’s orders to the letter.
- Stay Positive. It’s easy to get down on your situation after you’ve been injured. But keeping a positive outlook will make work easier, and help you get back to your fully functioning self.
Contact a Physical Therapist
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, first thing’s first – seek medical help from a qualified physical therapist who can effectively diagnose your injuries and offer recommendations for treatment. A team of injury doctors can also help you get back to work after your car accident injury and help you overcome any obstacles that those injuries may present.
PT of Costa Rican National Soccer Team for 2007 World Cup in Victoria, CAN. Clinical Instructor for University of Minnesota Doctor of Physical Therapy Affiliations