Often we associate broken bones or fractures happening to children, but adults can still be unlucky in a fall or accident and break something, and in fact our bones and muscles can take longer to heal than younger people. A longer healing time might mean added complications, not least the fact that you’ll probably have to go back to work whilst you recover. Of course, it depends on the type of injury you’ve sustained and where, but here are some things to consider if you’re heading back to work in a cast.
If you have to drive in to work for your commute, this daily activity can be a lot more difficult with a cast. There are no specific laws around driving with a broken arm or wrist, but you could get pulled over if your driving is affected by your injury. If your doctor gives you advice not to drive, then legally you’re not allowed to get behind the wheel. Whether you’ve injured your leg, foot or arm, driving may not be possible and navigating crowded public transport might not be easy either. Why not speak to your employer and see if flexible working is allowed while you recover? They might arrange with you to work from home or work flexible hours to avoid traffic.
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If that’s not possible and you do have to go into the workplace, some employers might allow you to work from the ground floor for example, to avoid using stairs. If you’re using crutches and spend a lot of time on your feet at work, our Oarsome grips for crutches may come in handy too.
A lot of writing in offices these days is done digitally rather than with old fashioned pen and paper! This might still be difficult if you’re in a hand or arm cast, but there are technologies that may help. Ask your boss to be accommodating to you with your temporary injury. These days there are apps available that are able to convert voice recordings to text, which may come in useful if you’re not able to type.
If your job requires you to wear specific clothing, you might want to speak to your employer about the possibility of supplying you with looser fitting clothes while you’re in a cast. Clothing that is stretchy and doesn’t require zips or buttons doing up will be easier to put on every morning. It might be worthwhile selecting clothes with pockets, so you can carry any small items you require regularly – and to minimise having to move around as much as you can! And if you work outdoors and there’s a chance of the cast getting wet, don’t forget about our Outcast cast protectors for arms and feet.