Back pain is one of the most common injuries in any workplace. Whether it’s lifting heavy objects at a construction site or slouching for hours in an office chair, workers expose themselves to back injury any time they subject their back to too much stress. Take a look at these tips to help reduce the potential for lower back pain in your employees, courtesy of your orthopedic specialty care providers.
Regular physical activity can keep stave off the inflammation and muscle tension that leads to back pain. For those already suffering from back pain, the best way to get relief is practice light exercise and rest.
Added weight in the midsection can worsen back pain because it shifts an individual’s center of gravity and puts additional strain on the lower back. Advise your workers to stay within 10 pounds of their ideal weight, as this can help them manage their back pain.
Back pain can be prevented with chairs that straighten the back and provide lumbar support. Aside from ergonomic chairs, employees should be advised to keep their knees a little higher than the hips.
No high heels
You can help the women in your workforce avoid back pain by making them wear sensibly heeled shoes. A one-inch heel will do. Anything more than that opens them to back pain risk.
Employees need to know how to properly lift a heavy object, and that’s with their legs and not their back. When lifting, bend the knees and squat, instead of stooping. Stomach muscles should be pulled in, and the object should be kept as close to the body as possible.
Storage bag recommendations
Ideally, a bag should have a wide and adjustable strap that won’t hurt the shoulders. The strap should also be long enough to reach over the head, because having the strap on the other shoulder helps distribute the weight of the bag.
Orthopedic care for employees
Urgent care facilities such as U.S. HealthWorks can supply your employees with the orthopedic specialist care they need to minimize or eliminate back pain. Get in touch with them and learn how to establish a health program for your company and its people.
(Living With Low Back Pain, WebMD.com)
(Back pain at work: Preventing pain and injury, MayoClinic.org)