So you’ve gotten to the point in your recovery that you and your doctor start talking about going back to work. If you are anything like many of the patients we see in our hand therapy clinic, that thought may not only cause some anxiety but concerns about your ability to perform your physical job demands. Up to this point, your focus has been on getting better, rehabilitating from the injury or surgery which took you out of work in the first place. It really doesn’t matter if it was work related or not; any medical issue serious to enough to cause an extended absence from work can and probably will affect your ability to perform physically demanding tasks. So it is only natural when you start thinking about returning to work, depending on the physical demands of your job, the idea may cause you more than a little anxiety and fear about your ability to perform those tasks.