Every year, millions of Americans suffer from occupational injuries and illnesses. Over 20% of these cases are related to back injuries, making them a common type of work-related injury seen in the United States. Immediate medical care is required to prevent a back injury from becoming a chronic medical problem. Here are three frequent causes of work-related back injuries:
1. Poor Posture: The majority of the American work force is sitting behind a desk in an unaccommodating chair. Unfortunately, sitting in an uncomfortable position for a prolonged period of time has a negative effect on a healthy body. Static standing will have the same effect. The muscles, ligaments, and tendons located in the back begin to lose elasticity, building up stress and causing back discomfort.
2. Repetitive Motion: Awkward or angled postures can cause great discomfort. Lifting from the floor, overhead, and carrying bulky or excessively heavy loads can bind the joints, which can cause back pain or injury. Any twisting or repetitive motion can lead to back problems.
3. Accident: A traumatic event, such as a slip and fall or a larger object falling on you, can result in back pain. Being overly tired or fatigued often contributes to these accidents, but a number of careless actions in a work environment can result in an unfortunate event. Take caution to always clean up and watch carefully when walking or dealing with oversized objects.
At the first sign of back trauma, see a specialist in order to maintain your body’s physical health. At Garden State Pain Management, our certified physician can treat various types of acute and chronic pain conditions. To find out more about our treatment techniques and set up an appointment with Dr. Koppel, visit our website or call (888) 481-6521.