Here's more reason to get a solid return-to-work program in place: A new report says patients have better outcomes with their injuries if they are involved in their recovery and return to work sooner.
A joint position statement by two groups representing orthopedic surgeons says that safe early-return-to-work programs are in the best interest of patients. Prolonged time away from work makes recovery and return to work less likely.
Main problem: The workers' compensation, disability and legal systems can discourage employees from attempting rehabilitation.
Find out more on the study from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons at www.aaos.org.