Dirty Little Secrets Part 4 of 5
Often times what we see happen is an injured employee will be prescribed a bottle of narcotics like a Percocet or Vicadin or something along these lines along with a weeks rest. In these situations, an employee gets sent home to take narcotics and sit on the couch. At this point some bad things really can happen. Employees can fall into a state of mild or severe depression which can be exacerbated by the narcotics which they are taking. This just isn’t the best solution for an occupational injury. Employees trust their primary care physicians and many have done so for many years. These individuals can be great doctors but they lack the training in occupational medicine. Many times the behavior recommended to injured employees by their primary care physician is one of rest with one or several restrictions on activities. Many studies have shown that it is far more therapeutic to get an employee back to work as quickly as possible even if it is in a reduced capacity of time, activity or both.
We recommend that you partner with an occupational health clinic that knows occupational medicine and understands what is best for your employee when they do have an occupational injury. If you are looking for some help partnering with an occupational clinicians call our office and we will be happy to help.
If you missed part 3 you can see it HERE