Your Work and Your Back Pain – Pt 2

Back Pain, Workplace Injuries, PostureA Healthy Work Environment

Last week, we explored how there is a possibility that anyone in any type of job may suffer from a fall or other type of workplace accident that may cause them to suffer back pain. Many workplaces will either hire a risk manager or appoint someone to reduce the risks of people getting hurt on the job.

For people with those responsibilities, managers, and just anyone who wants to watch out for their own safety in the workplace, this blog is for you. We’ll give you some tips of things you can do to reduce those risks and make sure you, your co-workers, your employees, and/or superiors avoid any accidents.

Desk Jobs

There are many types of jobs that entail sitting at a desk. The ones we are focusing on here are those that entail typing and answering the phone. Those include receptionists, computer and technical support, call center services, and related jobs.

  • Use a headphone
  • Stand and walk around or stretch every 45 minutes
  • Take a moment and look at something besides your computer monitor once every 45 minutes
  • Use an ergonomic keyboard
  • Use lumbar support for your back

Transportation jobs

Whether a person sits in a big rig and drives across the country, makes local deliveries, or drives people from one place to another, these jobs include sitting for long periods of time

  • Lumbar support for your back
  • Adjust your seat
  • Wear your seat belt
  • Use a headset or bluetooth for your mobile phone
  • Adjust and use your mirrors

Manual Labor

Any jobs that includes twisting of the body, heavy lifting, or various types of outdoor work is included in manual labor.

  • Don’t lift with your back! Crouch lower, get into a comfortable position, and lift with your legs
  • Wear a brace or other device to support your back

Workplace Injuries and Upper Cervical Care

As we said in last week’s blog, specific steps you take to avoid workplaces injuries will depend on your specific workplace, your responsibilities, and those of the people you work with. The basic things you can and should do are to make sure your workplace is well lit, safety signs are posted where everyone can see the, walkways are clearly marked, and there are no obstructions blocking walkways.

Though if you do experience a workplace injury is important that you have a thorough evaluation of your head, neck and spinal alignment to determine if a misalignment has occurred. Misalignments within the spinal column or where the head and neck come together are very common after physical injuries. These types of misalignments if not addressed can lead to long-term consequences.

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Dr. Jeff Leach of Living Well Chiropractic, in Plymouth, Minnesota is a Plymouth Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and St. Louis Park. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, sciatica, neck and back pain, and torticollis. More information can be found on our website at