Do you suffer from back pain? Back pain is one of the most common complaints heard at doctors’ offices. It is considered chronic if it has lasted more than three months. This chronic pain can temporarily diminish mobility, which inhibits the sufferer’s daily activities. In many cases, the root cause of this pain can be from a person’s chosen profession. Here are 5 jobs to avoid if you suffer from back pain.
If you find yourself in one of these jobs, check out these tips for avoiding work-related injuries.
Overexertion is one of the most common workplace injuries. It can be caused by excessive pushing, pulling, lifting or throwing. Always make sure you have proper technique and training. For example, when lifting heavy objects, make sure to lift with your legs and not your back. To avoid sprains and strains to the lower back, listen to your body and don’t be afraid to ask for help or use a device to assist you.
Whether it’s a hardhat, goggles or simply a seatbelt, make sure to wear the appropriate safety attire for your environment. This simple step helps avoid receiving bruises, lacerations or worse due to being struck by an object or equipment. PPE, or personal protective equipment, is imperative. Even when wearing proper gear, make sure to not work or walk under heavy machinery while it’s being operated.
Yes, this is something we are taught from a young age. However, oftentimes we become hyper-focused on our to-do list and we can lose sight of where we are going or what we are doing. In some cases, that caution sign or stack of textbooks piled up by your desk becomes invisible. Falling can cause serious damage to your body. So please, watch out!
We know what you’re thinking. Who has time to exercise at work? Think of these breaks more as short intervals of activity simply designed to change up your routine. It is important to break up repetition in the workplace to avoid back, neck and shoulder injuries, such as sprained or torn ligaments. Taking a break to walk to the copy room, stretch or stand will help relieve stress on your back, neck, and shoulders.
Proper “housekeeping” can go a long way for injury prevention. A clean workspace is an easy way to prevent more serious health and safety hazards before they become a problem. Pick up and clean paper debris, clutter and spills before you take a spill yourself.
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