October 14, 2022

This question comes up all the time!

I’m sorry but I don’t have the magic answer – it truly depends on each individual circumstance.

However, I’ll try to be general and say that in most cases work is fine, its unlikely to make you worse. Some jobs may aggravate your pain but this is a normal function of your nervous system trying to protect you while you heal. It’s very important to listen to your body and don’t dose yourself up with a cocktail of drugs in order to get through the day (this will mask the problem and make it very difficult for your nervous system to protect you).

The big questions are - can you do your job? Did you injure yourself because of your work?

If your work/employer will allow you to take regular breaks, to not stay in one position for a long time and to make reasonable work place adjustments, then go for it. Remember that you are likely to feel worse when you are tired, this is normal. If there is significant risk of further injury at work e.g. you injured yourself laying bricks and bricklaying is your job, there is no other work on site that you can do while you recover, then it’s probably not a great idea to go back until you are able to lay bricks all day again.

Good communication with your employer (or HR department) and with your fellow employees is important.

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At Cathedral Chiropractic we have three chiropractors and we find that no two chiropractors are the same! What we can assure you is that each of us has our patient’s best interest at heart, that we keep up to date with the literature and keep our therapies evidence led and patient centred. We always Keep your experience in mind and work hard to make it the best we can offer.
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