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Gabrielle Lis

The more time that elapses before low back injury is reported and treated, and the longer someone waits before taking time off work, the longer the eventual period of work disability.

Take home messages Following low back injury, workers who take time off or commence alternative duties promptly have shorter periods of work disability than workers who delay. Prompt injury reporting and medical treatment are also associated with less time off work. However, the research discussed here does not establish that delays in the injury management process cause extended periods away from work; simply that they tend to occ...

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