Dealing with ongoing or chronic pain is exhausting. Even low amounts of pain that you can’t resolve can affect your focus, sleep and job performance. Trying to live with pain isn’t easy, especially if you still have to work.
Many people have to balance pain management with their professional obligations. This can be particularly important for those whose jobs seem to contribute to their pain, such as people with repetitive stress injuries.
Whether you have carpal tunnel or a back injury from a car crash, there are ways that you can limit the impact of your injury on your everyday life.
Find over-the-counter relief
The most obvious solution is to find a pain reliever that minimizes the impact of your pain. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help people handle muscle aches and joint pain so that they can get through the day. Making sure you don’t take too much or create dangerous combinations is crucial to your safety when consuming over-the-counter medication daily.
Identify issues that increase your pain
Do certain activities or job responsibilities worsen your symptoms? If you can identify what exacerbates your condition, you can minimize how much pain you experienced. When triggers are work responsibilities, you likely won’t be able to avoid them like you could certain household chores or hobbies.
Use ergonomic supports and assistive technology
Whether you have a repetitive motion injury or residual pain from a spiral fracture, there may be devices that can make your everyday life less painful. Specialized chairs could take the pressure off of your lower back, for example. In some cases, your employer might provide the devices or technology that will make your job less painful.
Consider physical therapy or even yoga
If the pain is severe enough to affect your daily quality of life, being a physical therapist could help. They could train you in better body mechanics and give you exercises that will strengthen your body in ways that will reduce the pain you experience.
If physical therapy is inaccessible or seems unnecessary, yoga might be a viable alternative. Certified yoga teachers can also provide help with body mechanics and can help you move your body in ways that reduce your pain.
Try talking to your doctor
You may not want prescribed pain relievers, but that isn’t necessarily the only way your doctor can help. They could refer you out for physical therapy, recommend imaging testing or even help you get surgery.
In some cases, people with chronic pain may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit, such as when they get hurt in a car crash. Other times, workers’ compensation can help those who develop symptoms because of their employment. Although workers’ compensation won’t eliminate your pain, can connect you with treatments and supports that will improve your daily life.