WORK INJURIES SYMPTOMS, DIAGNOSIS, AND TREATMENT
Unfortunately, many individuals who are employed in industries such as construction, factory work, or nursing are susceptible to work injuries of the lower back and neck. Even those who work in an office environment and sit at their computers all day may experience work injuries of the lower back and neck.
By understanding the causes of work injuries of the lower back and neck at work and educating yourself on back and neck pain prevention, you’ll be able to stop it from arising and alleviate the pain in the event that it does occur.
Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists often supports patients who suffer from lower back and neck pain due to their jobs. Our experience has helped us determine the following causes and treatment options.
WHAT CAUSES WORK INJURIES ?
A variety of factors can trigger lower back and neck work injuries. Some of the most common ones include:
- Posture. When you slouch at your desk at work, you exaggerate your back’s natural curves and as a result may experience work injuries and muscle fatigue.
- Repetition. Work injuries and muscle fatigue can occur when repeating certain movements during work.
- Force. Construction workers, paramedics, and others who exert too much force on their back from moving or lifting heavy objects can develop work injuries.
In addition, specific lifestyle factors and medical conditions can also play a role in work injuries of the lower back and neck. Sleeping position, smoking habits, an unhealthy weight, stress, and more may all prompt these types of work injuries.
HOW CAN I RELIEVE MY WORK INJURY?
Fortunately, you can take steps to prevent work injuries of the lower back and neck. Staying healthy by incorporating some type of physical activity in your daily life is the best form of prevention as it reduces stress on your lower back and neck. A combination of strength training and aerobic exercises are highly recommended.
You should also make it a priority to have good posture in and out of the workplace. If possible, select a chair that allows you to keep your knees level with your hips while both of your feet are flat on the floor. Supporting your lower back with a small pillow and lifting your feet with a form of support such as a footstool will also help you avoid slouching while sitting. When you are standing, make sure that your weight is balanced on your feet.
If your career forces you to lift heavy objects, lifting properly is essential. When lifting, you should tighten your core and lift with your knees while keeping the object as close to your body as possible. In the event that the object is too heavy to lift in a safe manner, ask another employee for help.
For severe lower back and neck work injuries, it’s best to visit a doctor. At Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists, we’ll assist you in analyzing your work environment and inform you of situations that may cause work injuries to your lower back and neck. If you’ve changed your lifestyle and habits at work and are still not finding relief, our board-certified surgeons and pain management rehabilitation physician will develop a custom treatment plan for you without the requirement of an MRI. We will help you relieve your work injuries so that you can finally enjoy life both at work and outside of work.