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How Physio can help Return to work

Returning to work after an accident or illness can be a daunting task, but getting back to work has lots of benefits. A physio can help you plan your return to work.

Benefits of returning to work

Getting back to work as soon as possible after an injury or illness can often be a key step in your rehabilitation and getting you back to normal. There are many benefits including;

  • Being physically active
  • Reducing recovery time
  • Maintaining a normal work/life balance
  • Improving your mental health

Your employer benefits by not having to employ and train someone to cover your position while you’re away.

What does returning to work mean

You don’t necessarily need to be 100% recovered to return to work after an injury or illnesss. You can often start working with modified duties or part-time hours.

How can a physiotherapist help get you back to work.

A planned return to work is important and a physiotherapist can help you develop a return to work plan, which is tailored for you and the job you need to do. The earlier that a physio is involved in your return to work the better. This ensures they can help you develop an appropriate return to work plan, and get you on the optimal recovery path.

Your physio will talk to you about your job and injury, and what impact this may have on your return to work and in some cases your physio may actually visit your workplace with you. This can help identify suitable work duties (possibly reduced) to facilitate your return to work, before you are 100% fully recovered. They will also provide specific advice on how you can undertake your duties in such a way to avoid further injury, and advise your employer of any possible changes to your work environment, or any specialist equipment you may need while recovering.

Where to get help

You can use our find a physio tool to find a physio in your region. You can also see an Occupational Health physio who specialise in returning to work.

If you are unlucky enough to injure yourself, ask your doctor or physio about getting a return to work plan.

Returning to work research

PNZ is a signatory to the Australian and New Zealand Consensus Statement on the Health Benefits of Work. This statement and the associated research show that work is good for health and wellbeing, and that long term work absence and unemployment generally have a negative impact on health and wellbeing.

You can view the consensus statement here.

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