Lower back injuries: Common causes to watch out for

Back pain is one of the most common causes of people missing work, and it is prominent among workers in multiple fields. Back pain may be dull, stabbing, sharp or chronic, and it has the potential to hinder a person’s working career.

There are several common causes of back pain that you should know about as well as ways to prevent this pain from negatively impacting you. Here are some things that you should know.

Back pain can be caused by multiple factors

Back pain is most likely to be caused by force, repetition or inactivity. For example, you could suffer a lower back injury from trying to lift a heavy object. You could suffer a back injury because of repeated strain from performing the same actions over and over again. You could also suffer a back injury because you’re not moving around enough during the day. Even sitting at a desk can weaken the back and lead to injuries.

You have options to help prevent lower back pain

There are options that can help you avoid hurting your lower back at work. For example, if you’re expected to lift something heavy, you could opt to wear a back brace or support. Getting enough exercise after a day of inactivity may help strengthen your lower back muscles and prevent injuries. Additionally, using ergonomic chairs or equipment could help prevent repetitive strain that could lead to injuries.

You need to listen to your body when it’s in pain

If you are starting to have pain in your lower back and it seems to be related to your work, let your employer know that you’d like to see a medical professional to get a diagnosis. In the early stages of stress or strain, these kinds of injuries can benefit from physical therapy or rest. If they worsen, then you could be looking at a more difficult recovery and potentially dealing with chronic pain, which could end up hindering your ability to work or live a pain-free life.

If you think you’ve been hurt, talk to your employer. You may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim to help you as you focus on your recovery.

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