At the beginning of the year 2017, my left rotator cuff was injured during a combination of physical activity, but I’m not sure how it happened. Being the type of person who always wants to, no, needs to have answers!, I just had to go with the fact that I hurt! It took a long time for my shoulder to heal and during that time, my physical and mental capacity were diminished. So in some way, I can empathize with what a person with a shoulder injury experience.
The first six months are critical to any injured body part that wants to heal. Proper care, nutrition, stretching, exercise and relaxation are essential components of rehabilitation. A “don’t give up attitude” is too. I can relate to the limited movement, the pain, and the frustration from my rotator cuff injury!
What’s good is that my shoulder (arms and entire core for that matter!) are much stronger than before because, well simply put, I care about my shoulders and exercise with purpose so they can work hard for me!
I was offline for maintenance, but I’m back and stronger than ever!
They’re your only shoulders, all yours. If there’s injury, please do everything possible allowing the healing process to do the work. If you want a vocational rehabilitation consultant on your side, contact me!
Practicing yoga, or focused stretching and faithfully paying attention to what your body is saying is incredibly valuable during any healing process. If an injury becomes chronic and a decision to perform surgery is made, physical rehabilitation is paramount.
Rehabilitation also includes body and mind. Speaking of mind, I am grateful to hear of the change in the Iowa workers’ compensation law to provide workers who have a serious shoulder injury and can no longer return to their existing job with vocational rehabilitation benefits.
After July 1, 2017, if in the workers’ compensation system for a shoulder injury, the individual may receive career vocational training at a local community college…and we have good ones here in Iowa! The employer or the employer’s insurer is required to pay financial support for participation in the program up to $15,000 for tuition, fees, and required supplies. I have plenty of experience helping Veterans return to school and commence with a new career when I had a contract with the VA to provide vocational rehabilitation services.
Also in January 2017, I worked with a vocational rehabilitation client, Gerald. He had a serious rotator cuff injury with multiple shoulder surgeries and wasn’t expected to be able to return to his job as a roofer. I met with him and performed a vocational evaluation. He expressed interest in work as a heavy machine operator, so upon research and contact with local resources, I prepared an in-depth report to support our findings to help him move into a new career. Please let me know if you have a need on a case involving a shoulder injury as this information is fresh!
Recently (2018) I was assigned two interesting shoulder injury cases (one involves a dentist, the other a truck trailer unloader/consolidator) and am learning a lot about surgical options, costs of care and vocational outcomes. I’d be happy to share what I’ve learned if it’d benefit your client!
Please let me know if you have a need for a vocational expert like me to help you help your client. Just FYI: a few years back, my sister Julie experienced a bad elbow injury when she tripped and fell at work, which required elbow replacement surgery. I learned about elbow procedures and rehabilitation while helping her!
My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.