Workplace modifications in practice
Through Freddie's story, we share an example of how workplace modifications
can support someone with a musculoskeletal (MSK) condition to return to work.
Freddie is a 35-year-old computer analyst. He works 9.00am to 5.00pm, five days a week and is predominantly desk based.
For two weeks, Freddie experienced low back pain and sciatica that gradually got worse. He eventually went off sick for five days as he couldn't sit for longer than 10 minutes but has a 45-minute commute to and from work. Freddie was keen to return to work so, arranged a telephone meeting with his manager. Freddie was also referred to his local musculoskeletal physiotherapy service by his GP.
During their telephone meeting, Freddie and his manager agreed that he could work from home with a reduced caseload.
Over the next few weeks, Freddie's pain began to improve with some physiotherapy treatment so he and his manager began to plan his return to the office. They agreed he would start by coming in three days a week on short days, and building up to his full time hours over the next three to four weeks.
Freddie successfully returned to work and he now has exercises and advice from his physiotherapist that will hopefully, help prevent this from happening again in the future.