Coping with the Pain of a Workers’ Comp Injury

A workers’ compensation injury can be extremely painful – in both the short-term and the long-term. As Fort Lauderdale workers’ compensation lawyer Nick Panebianco knows from experience, pain can also be one of the most difficult things for doctors and workers’ comp claims adjustors to assess fairly. 

Fortunately, as the health experts at WebMD say, “Great strides have been made in the understanding of pain and its treatment in the last decade.” 

Overcoming Misconceptions About Your Workers’ Comp Pain 

We’ve all heard that old adage, “no pain, no gain.” Unfortunately, not enough people have heard that it isn’t true. “There is no evidence to support the notion that you can build strength by exerting muscles to the point of pain. A related belief, ‘Work through the pain,’ is also mistaken,” WebMD’s experts say. 

So, if anyone tells you it’s ok to get back to work despite your ongoing pain, don’t believe them. “Resting to repair muscles and bring pain relief might not be macho, but it’s a smart thing to do.” 

It is not always easy to identify the source or cause of the pain you may be experiencing. Too often, workers’ comp doctors who can’t find an easy solution will tell a patient they just have to learn to live with the pain. 

Don’t believe them. As WebMD reports, “There are countless options for pain relief. They include relaxation techniques, exercise, physical therapy, over-the-counter and prescription medications, surgery, injections (into muscle, joints or your back), and complementary treatments such as acupuncture and massage. It may not always be possible to completely get rid of your pain, but you can use many techniques to help manage it much better.”

If you are trying to manage the pain associated with a workers’ compensation injury, you don’t need to worry about fighting with your workers’ comp claims adjustor to make sure you get the compensation that is owed to you. If you have questions about the way your pain is being taken into account, contact the Fort Lauderdale workers’ compensation attorney Nick Panebianco for a free consultation.