Sometimes your job is just plain a pain in the BACK!
According the Mayo Clinic’s website, back pain is one of the leading causes of disability! It’s also a very common reason people miss work.
Truthfully, neither you nor your employer win if you miss work. Even if you have paid time off, it’s no fun if you’re miserable!
While many factors aggravate back pain, there are some common causes for work-related back injuries. Know your possible back pain triggers and protect yourself!
Believe it or not, sitting at a desk all day is a common cause of back pain.
Not using good posture is one key reason for this. Poor back support is another aggravating factor. Your boss can take the rap for cheap office chairs. Only you can prevent poor posture!
Here are a few tips to help you take control of your posture:
- Get up to stretch often. This will force you to change and hopefully straighten your posture.
- Regularly do exercises at home to balance and strengthen your core muscles in your back and stomach.
- You can even try some desk stretches if you don’t have time to walk around. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/office-stretches/art-20046041
Lots of repetitive motion is another key factor in work-related back pain.
If you work in a factory doing assembly-line work, you know exactly what this means. The list of jobs requiring repetitive motions is seemingly endless.
One summer I lost a lot of sleep for months due to pain from repetitive motion injuries to my neck and upper back.
Here is a small list given to me by my physical therapist that helped me to recover.
- Gently strengthening core muscles is key to helping with back pain due to repetitive motion.
- Listen to your body. Change up the direction of your motion if you can. Always bend with your knees.
- Give yourself a daily massage or ask a friend! Stretch and rub sore muscles during breaks. Make sure you take those required breaks, too!
Heavy lifting is the most obvious pain-in-the-back culprit.
It’s a double whammy to work at job in which you must do both repetitive motions and heavy lifting. UPS and FedEx, anyone?
Movers, mechanics, nurses and medical staff, child-care workers, and almost everyone in the construction industry — our vital “movers and shakers” are everywhere!
Proper back support is key. Most companies that require a lot of heavy lifting will provide a handy back brace. In fact, check your workplace regulations if in doubt.
Practice proper lifting techniques. Thankfully, my summer job at an upholstery shop years ago emphasized this. “Bend with your KNEES, not your back.” Have you ever hauled seven couches in one afternoon? Knees bent– back saved!
Have you injured your back due to your line of work? You want to work, but your back screams at you every day?
Do you have back pain that lasts for more than two weeks? This is considered chronic back pain. Chronic back pain is often debilitating and can lead to depression. You just want to be able to function, right?
Seeing a doctor for an evaluation is vital. Doctor’s records and notes are also a genuine evidence of your work-related back pain if you need to apply for workers’ compensation.
Is your workplace ignoring your back pain? Are you out of paid time off? Are you unsure if you qualify for workers’ compensation?
If you are struggling to work due to back pain caused by your line of work, you may qualify for workers’ compensation to give your body time to rest and heal. You need the help of an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer!
At The Law Offices of Nathan A. Steimel, LLC we aggressively help employees win workers’ compensation and personal injury cases in both Missouri and Illinois.
Attorney Steimel says, “Under the Missouri and Illinois laws governing workers’ compensation, you can be compensated for most types of injuries suffered at work, no matter who was at fault for the injury.”
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