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Monday, February 24, 2014

4 Tips to Prevent On-The-Job Back Injuries

We see this over and over, patients coming in with excruciating back pain. Many times the culprit for these injuries is work.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 1 million workers suffer back injuries each year, and back injuries account for 1 of every 5 workplace injuries or illnesses.

They can occur in all types of workplace environments and can be aggravated by  things like sitting at your desk all day or standing for extended lengths of time.

4 tips to prevent back injuries.

1. Practice Proper Lifting Techniques

“Hey, can you help me move this box?” No doubt you’ve been asked this question at work. What you may not realize is that a simple task like this, when done improperly, can cause an injury. The number one rule for proper lifting—use your legs. If the box is on the ground, stand in a squat and lower yourself up and down. DO NOT bend over.

2. Invest in an Ergonomic Chair

You know those weird chairs that look like they belong on an alien spacecraft? Well, they actually have a purpose – to provide proper back support. Referred to as ergonomic chairs, these chairs are specifically designed to reduce fatigue and discomfort – both of which can lead to back injuries.

3. Take a Break and Get Some Exercise

Repetitive motion tasks (doing the same thing over and over) are common ways to injure your back. To prevent back injury or strain, break the routine and take a break with some exercise. This can be as simple as walking around the building or some light stretching in your office.

4. Get Help at the First Sign of Pain!

It’s not uncommon for people to brush off pain or delay going to the doctor. Ignoring the injury might aggravate the injury causing a more sever injury and likely worse pain or more invasive treatment. Taking care of your health often means being proactive. Not sure about your injury? Contact one of our Physical Medicine & Rehab (PMR) specialists.

Hopefully, these tips will help you stay safe and prevent an on the job back injury.


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