The evidence for recovering at work

We know from research that:

  • for most people with a work related injury, time off work is not medically necessary
  • an unnecessary delay in returning to work is often associated with delayed recovery - the longer a worker is away from work, the less chance they have of ever returning
  • staying active after injury reduces pain symptoms and helps workers return to their usual activities at home and at work sooner
  • working helps workers stay active which is an important part of a worker’s treatment and rehabilitation.

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