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Back injuries at work can come from cumulative trauma

On Behalf of | Nov 23, 2021 | Workers' Compensation

It is not uncommon for adults to feel some back stiffness when they get done with work, especially if they have a physically demanding job. Unfortunately, this could mask an injury that’s due to trauma to the back that’s occurring regularly.

While some injuries occur because of a single incident, others are due to cumulative trauma. Using proper body mechanics while doing your job can help to reduce the risk of an injury. The onus falls on the employer to ensure that they’re giving the employees the tools and protocol to get their work done safely.

Proper lifting methods

Lifting bulky or heavy items usually takes a team effort unless there are mechanical lifting devices available. Instead of bending down to use the back to lift, stoop down and support yourself with your leg muscles. Importantly, you should always refrain from using a twisting motion when you’re lifting.

Take breaks

It isn’t good for a person to remain in the same position for a prolonged period. Take short breaks periodically throughout the workday to stretch out your back. This can help to reduce the strain on the muscles and spinal cord. Try to alternate how you handle repetitive tasks so you don’t always put the strain on the exact same area of the back.

Anyone who suffers a back injury at work should ensure they understand their rights under workers’ compensation laws. It’s possible that a valid claim may be denied or only approved for limited benefits. Workers should receive the full benefits they’re due, so be sure to work with someone familiar with these laws so you can receive those benefits.