After suffering an illness or injury, many patients are not able to immediately return to work. Because time away from work can be personally and financially challenging, expediting the recovery process is often a priority for patients in situations like this. In this blog post, we’ll share the role of occupational therapy in the return-to-work period after an illness or injury.
Work With You
Occupational therapists can work with you to evaluate your ability to perform individual tasks and improve your ability over time. During this time, the occupational therapist may draft a treatment plan, which outlines your goals and the steps he or she will take alongside you to attain them. Furthermore, the occupational therapist will monitor your progress through regular assessment and make adjustments to your treatment plan to ensure your progression continues over time.
Work With Your Employer
Many employers hire or consult with occupational therapists to improve the return-to-work process for injured employees. When hired by the employer, the occupational therapist aims to help you return to work as soon and as safely as possible. He or she will evaluate your abilities against those in the job description to determine which tasks you can and cannot complete. With this information, he or she will make recommendations to the employer—either for a change in position or modified job tasks—to suit your current level of ability and restrictions.
When working with an occupational therapist, there are steps you can take to expedite a quick and safe return to work:
- Follow the advice of your occupational therapist. Do not over- or underestimate your ability to complete specific tasks; failing to work within the restrictions provided can prolong your time away from work.
- Work to improve strength and endurance, which supports your complete recovery.
- Attend all appointments as scheduled.
To learn more about occupational therapy services in Arizona, visit us at Santé. We’re here because we care.