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On behalf of Koszdin, Fields & Sherry posted in Workers Compensation on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Many workers in Los Angeles face the potential of back injuries every time they go in to work, whether it’s because they have physically demanding jobs or because they perform a lot of repetitive, stressful movements. Unfortunately, back injuries can really put a dent in someone’s ability to work, and rehabilitation can be costly in more than just a monetary sense.

Spine health reminds workers that an injury doesn’t have to be extreme to make a big impact on a worker’s life. Many people are unaware of the fact that even pulled back muscles can take up to a month to heal. This means that the worker is effectively unable to bend or do any heavy lifting during the recovery period. Depending on their job, this might have a huge impact on their productivity at the workplace. They can require lots of different medications as well, like muscle relaxants and painkillers, which can negatively impact a worker’s productivity and ability to focus or perform at the top of their skill level.

Injuries that require surgery are even more severe. Medline Plus states that there are different healing times for the different types of back surgery a person may go through. However, even the less severe surgeries require up to 6 weeks before the patient feels better, and this is if they’re young and don’t strain their backs during the rest period. Other healing times can last up to 6 months or even a year.

Taking this much time off of work is impossible for many. Unfortunately, the trade-off is that a back injury will heal much more slowly if it’s aggravated, and this can lead to even longer and more painful healing time and continually diminished work performance. Needless to say, it’s a rough situation to be stuck in.

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