It is reported that there are over 100,000 work-related injury compensation claims each year in Australia. This number involves claims from every age group, from 20 years of age up to 65 years of age and ranging from office workers to labours and all those in between. These injuries can be life and career changing, but the way we deal with these injuries can determine how well we recover from them. We must develop a certain mentality when it comes to injury and the following information will hopefully help you better understand the mental process involved with overcoming an injury.
An injury obviously has certain physical affects on the body that can mean the injured person may have some movement restrictions, but injury can also have an affect on the individuals mental state as well. Below is a step by step process to help control that mental side of things and take control of the injury and your life and get back to work and the other things you love doing in life.
Own it! Take control of the situation straight away. Stop and evaluate the situation as soon as you realise that you may have injured yourself. This may mean informing someone and getting the injury assessed as soon as possible. The sooner you work out what the problem is, the sooner the journey to recovery can begin.
Beginning the Journey. Once you have been assessed and the extent of the injury is known, you can start the process of rehabilitation. This process should involve seeing an Exercise Physiologist for an exercise rehabilitation program. They will assess your current functional capacity and work out a treatment plan to get that back to 100%. However, an Exercise Physiologist can only do so much, the rest is up to you. It is your responsibility to work through the program set out by the Exercise Physiologist and to stay committed to the end goal.
Stay Positive! An injury can obviously stop you from working but can also stop you from doing other things in life that you enjoy. It is important that you remain positive and take control of the process and commit to getting yourself back to your best. As an Exercise Physiologist, I find that clients who are positive and engaged in their rehabilitation recover quicker and are back to doing the things they love sooner.
Remember that injuries can be difficult to deal with, but changing your mindset, taking control and getting the right people involved can help you see an injury as an opportunity to overcome a challenge and learn new things in the process. It is your choice on how you choose to deal with it. All the Exercise Physiologists at Absolute Balance are passionate about helping you take control of your injury and getting you back to work and life in the shortest possible time. Please feel free to contact us for more information on how we can help.
Tyler Hall (B.EXSportsSc, Grad.Dip.(Clin.Ex.Phys))
Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) (ESSAM)
Safe Work Australia (2018). Key Work Health and Safety Statistics Australia 2017. https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/book/key-work-health-and-safety-statistics-australia-2017