Smith, a Sacramento Femur Fracture Lawyer explains what workers need to know before returning to work after an injury
SACRAMENTO, CA, June 08, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ — A femur fracture is among the most serious injuries that anyone could sustain. A major hurdle following a femur injury is returning to work.
“The most significant complication that prevents people from going back to work is mobility,” said Ed Smith, a Sacramento femur fracture lawyer. “With a broken femur, people might have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, let alone walking or taking the stairs.”
There are a few common obstacles that people need to clear before returning to their job and that includes regaining mobility.
“Some of the steps to recover movement after a broken femur consists of having surgery, allowing the bone enough time to heal and working with a physical therapist to regain strength,” said Smith.
In a cast, the muscles of the leg deteriorate and become stiff. Once the cast is removed, physical therapy is necessary to rebuild the muscle tissue, support the healed bone, and regain mobility.
Managing Pain During a Femur Injury
During the healing process, pain is also a significant issue. The area around the femur is home to several types of soft tissue and nerve bundles, making a femur fracture incredibly painful. Some of the strategies for pain management include anti-inflammatory medications, massage therapy, and narcotic medications if necessary.
Narcotic medications can have serious side effects and are only used if necessary. During the recovery process, the pain should lessen as the leg heals.
Femur Fracture Recovery
It usually takes about six weeks for a broken bone to heal. The healing process depends on where the fracture is, whether surgery is needed and if there were any complications.
“If you’ve had surgery, the healing process might be longer,” said Smith. “Full recovery can take anywhere from three months to a year.”
Returning to Work After an Injury
Some people are kept off work until they have completely healed from their injury. Others can return to work for a modified schedule or light duty while they are still being treated for their injury.
“Pay careful attention to your doctor’s order,” said Smith. “Your doctor will decide if you should return to work with some restrictions, without restrictions or be completely off work.”
If your injury causes you to be partially disabled, it’s important to create a work plan with your employer right away. This will assure your boss that you can still be a productive worker.
Edward A. Smith, the founder of AutoAccident.com, has been awarded a ‘superb’ or ‘perfect’ rating of 10.0 by Avvo. This largely peer-reviewed rating reflects his unrelenting commitment and personal dedication to his clients since 1982. Mr. Smith’s legal practice, the Law Offices of Edward A. Smith, focuses exclusively on personal injury and wrongful death claims.
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