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What if my back pain is affecting my work?

Try to stay at work, or get back to work as soon as possible, despite the pain. Most people are able to return within a few days, although the length of time off work varies with the individual and the type of job. It’s important to keep in contact with your employer and discuss what can be done to help you return to work.

Returning to heavy, manual jobs will obviously take longer, and you may have to change to lighter duties for a time. Getting back to work sooner rather than later is helpful for most people, although you may need to make some short-term changes, such as working different hours or doing lighter duties. You don’t need to wait until your back problem has gone. In many cases, the longer you’re off work the more likely you are to develop longer-term problems and the less likely you are to return to work.

If you need further support to remain in your job, an occupational health advisor may help, either with work assessment or retraining. Sometimes simple changes to your workplace may be all you need. You can get further advice through a Disability Employment Advisor or through your local Jobcentre Plus office.

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