Top 3 benefits of work for people with shoulder or upper arm disorder

Male job seeker with shoulder injury stretching with the help of a physiotheraptist

In recent years over 50% of Safe Work Australia claims were as a result of traumatic musculoskeletal injury or disorders

Shoulder and upper arm pain can be debilitating - whether it's the result of an injury or existing disorder.

The impact of these injuries goes beyond simply reduced mobility - the change in circumstances can bring on depression about your future prospects.

It's reasonable to expect returning to work may feel daunting or fraught with anxiety and uncertainty, but you have options available to you.

Our Disability Employment Services consultants have years of experience working with job seekers and employers to find work which empowers and is complementary to your abilities.

APM is equipped to support your return to work after injury or illness, every step of the way; we support workers just like you with a range of conditions.

Image of the upper body of the human skeleton with an inflamed shoulder joint

Whether it's returning to the same industry, or starting in a brand new industry, you will have the training and support you need from your dedicated employment consultant.

Your consultant can help you to recognise that some skills and knowledge you gained in one position may be transferred to a different role. They can work with you to discuss the type of job you can do where continued work will not impact your health.

There are benefits to taking part in regular work with a shoulder or upper arm disorder. As soon as you’ve recovered sufficiently and are willing, Disability Employment Services can help you to find a job and enjoy the benefits of employment.

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Man with upper arm injury reaching forward to shake hand of new employer

Here are the top 3 benefits of working for someone living with a shoulder or upper arm disorder

1. Regular access to treatment

Once you have a job and earn money, you’ll have more opportunities to acquire the things you want or need which could improve the overall comfort and quality of your life.

With more income, you'll have greater access to regular treatments, therapies and medication as you need them. These improvements can expedite your journey to improved wellbeing and greater independence.

2. Building mental and physical resilience

It can be physically and mentally difficult to return to work after an extended amount of time away.

You might be nervous about remembering the skills and knowledge you have - even using certain software, or particular procedures. Additionally, if you’ve had to change the type of work you do, there’s an opportunity to upskill, further train and work towards building your career.

3. Self-Confidence

Aside from the physical health benefits of movement and activity, there are many benefits of working to mental health and wellbeing. Having a job can create a sense of worth and pride.

With responsibility and purpose comes accomplishment and confidence. Work also allows opportunities to help others in the community and make a difference, which can be satisfying and rewarding.

If you work as part of a team, it also allows for social connections and friendships. The mental and social stimulation of having a job can make you more resilient and give you greater enjoyment of life.

Hear Julie's joy at returning to work after an upper arm injury


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If your story is like Julie's - or you would love to do a dance after your first pay cheque - and you're not sure exactly where to start (or think there’s nothing suitable) contact APM about Disability Employment Services.

The doors to employment and enrichment could open much sooner than you think!

Call APM Employment Services today on 1800 276 276 or email apm4jobs@apm.net.au

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