Getting out of bed in the morning is not easy for many people. The snooze button is often a comforting friend — until the next blast of the alarm. However, for workers suffering from back pain, getting out of bed is only the first obstacle of the day. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) estimates that 31 million people suffer from pain in the lower back at any given moment. Moreover, lower back problems are the leading cause of disability in the world.
Heavy Lifting Or Falls Are Not The Only Source Of Work-Related Back Issues
Many occupations place significant stress on the lower back, according to the Mayo Clinic. Physically demanding jobs, such as construction work or nursing that involve repetitive movements and heavy lifting can be a strong source of debilitating back problems. However, the Mayo Clinic says that even working at a desk can cause back stress that can create back problems or aggravate preexisting conditions.
It is fairly obvious that sudden workplace accidents – such as a fall – or the need to lift heavy objects on a regular basis can cause injuries that may lead to missing work for a significant period of time to recover. However, repetitive motions alone can create back problems over time.
You may be aware that the use of a mouse and typing on the keyboard can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Similarly, twisting motions using the lower back can create repetitive stress problems that cause lower back pain. Sitting for long periods of time – especially in a chair with inadequate support – can cause or aggravate back trouble, according to Mayo.
If you have suffered a back injury in a workplace accident, or believe that your back problems are work-related, the Minnesota workers’ compensation system may provide you with vital benefits to cover medical care, rehabilitation costs and lost wages if your injury causes you to miss work. However, there are important time lines for reporting a work injury. It is important to let your employer know about any work-related injury and getting the proper medical care you need to recover is critical to your well-being.