Getting Back to Work After Back Pain

Dealing with back pain? Get back to work as soon as your doctor says it’s okay.

Here’s why: More than half of people who experience back pain are able to return to within one week, and nine out of 10 are working again within three months. But among people who stay on disability for longer than a year, three-fourths do not ever return to work. Both chronic pain and not working increase the risk of depression — worsening an already difficult situation.

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