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Coping better at work with long-term pain

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Pain often makes it a challenge to remain in work. Learning practical things that you can do yourself to help manage the pain, such as joint protection, pacingexercise and relaxation, will help. If your company has an occupational health advisor whose role is to support the health of employees at work, you may wish to approach them for advice.

Occupational therapists can advise on improving your job by assessing tasks in order to reduce the effort they need. They may recommend changes to your physical working environment, and they can provide support by talking with your employer. Some may carry out workplace assessments with you. It’s important to reach a good work-life balance that will help you to continue working.


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