Maybe it was heavy lifting, or perhaps it was a fall. You could hurt your back in multiple different ways while working. You can turn to workers’ compensation for medical treatments for a back injury you suffer on the job.
Unfortunately, many back injuries do not fully heal. Some people will have to cope with chronic pain, while others will notice persistent limitations on their strength or range of motion.
Whether you want to keep working while recovering from your injury or have recovered as much as possible but still have symptoms from your injury, there are numerous ways that your employer could accommodate your back injury.
They can provide you with a better chair
If sitting is part of your job, having the right back support can make a big difference in how much pain you feel at the end of your day. Thankfully, ergonomic design has improved in recent years, and there are chairs available that can help alleviate back pain.
They can transfer you to a different job or change your duties
If the company has an open position that offers similar pay but will not strain your back the same way, transferring you to that new position is a simple way to accommodate your back injury.
Other times, you may be able to keep your same position if your employer makes some adjustments to the responsibilities they assign to you. Reducing your lifting obligations is a perfect example.
They can allow you breaks for exercise and stretching
Those with chronic pain or back issues need to perform exercises or stretches to alleviate their symptoms. Giving you both space and additional break time to allow you to perform the necessary stretches or exercises throughout your workday is a reasonable accommodation most employers can offer.
Understanding how your employer can help you stay on the job with a back injury can help you stand up for yourself when you get hurt at work.