Chronic Back Pain: Life After Your Disability Settlement

Chronic Back Pain: Life After Your Disability Settlement

At Share Lawyers, we understand that fighting a rejected disability insurance claim can feel like an endless, stressful process. While we do our best to mitigate the worries and concerns of our clients, it can often be difficult to see beyond the end of the process. As a result, many clients haven’t given much thought to what their lives will be like after the insurance company settles.

If you have been forced by chronic back pain to take a long-term disability break from work, there are many treatment options you can explore and consider. Whether any or all of these options is right for you may depend on the cause and severity of your back pain, which is why it’s always important to consult with your doctor first.

Exercise

While many people automatically believe that bed rest is best for back pain, the exact opposite is often true. Bed rest can often lead to immobilization while exercise will be a much more effective treatment. The pain may limit your mobility at first but a properly designed exercise routine should eventually increase your range of movement and decrease your pain.

Physiotherapy

If you’re not sure where to start exercising or are nervous about performing certain movements, a highly trained physiotherapist can assist you. They are experts at mobility and posture and will be able to offer you medical guidance on the best movements to help with your specific condition. A successful disability settlement will give you the time necessary to go to appointments and work on developing a routine with a physiotherapist that allows you to get back to the activities you enjoy.

Medication

While many doctors today are more hesitant to prescribe painkillers for back pain they may be a necessary part of your treatment and recovery. Constipation, nausea, drowsiness, and cloudy thinking are common side effects of prescription painkillers. If Opioids are prescribed, there is an additional risk of addiction and you will need to work with your doctor to avoid that possibility. Thankfully, with the time afforded by your successful claim, you will be able to attend appointments and monitor the side effects closely with your doctor.

Surgery

Depending on the causes and severity of your back pain, your doctor may recommend surgery. While relieving pain may be the primary goal, many people also report increased mobility, a better mood, and higher productivity as a result of surgery. Having time away from work will give you the opportunity to discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor, make a decision, prepare for surgery, and recover.

Disability Tax Credit

While not a treatment, once you are relieved of the added burden of work and the stress of your claim, this may be an opportune time to look into receiving the disability tax credit. This tax credit is available to those who apply and qualify. For eligibility requirements and more information, visit the Government of Canada website.

Long-term disability is meant to give you the opportunity to work on the causes and symptoms of your back pain. When you are ready to start returning to work, the first step is to discuss it with your doctor. Once you both agree, it’s best to work out a plan where you return gradually, starting with half days or a few days per week. Remember, neither your workplace nor the insurance company can force you back to work before you and your doctor determine you are ready. If you are feeling pressured, you can always reach out to the professionals at Share Lawyers for friendly, compassionate advice.

Has your long-term disability claim been denied? Contact Share Lawyers and put our experience to work for you. We have recently settled cases against Manulife, Fenchurch, La Capitale, Equitable Life, Cigna, Sun Life, and many more. We offer free consultations and there are no fees unless we win your case. Find out if you have a disability case.