Back injuries can come on suddenly or happen slowly over time. They are also a top reason for Workers’ Compensation claims. Many back injuries are preventable, so what can you do to avoid one at work?
Understanding how to lift heavy objects properly is crucial. Instead of bending with your back, get up close to the object, bend your knees, and tighten up your stomach. Your leg muscles should support your body as you stand up, keeping the object close to your chest and trunk. Keep a slight curve in your back, and do not twist your shoulders, neck, or waist. When an object is too heavy or cumbersome to lift, get someone to help you.
It is easy to fall into the habit of hunching forward at a desk, and this too can be detrimental for the back. Do not slouch, and try to keep your weight balanced evenly on both feet. Use a chair with lower back support at the right height to keep both feet on the ground. The thighs should be parallel to the floor, and the arms should be bend at the elbows with enough room for the hands to comfortably reach the keyboard.
Repetitive tasks like walking a lot, driving a truck, and bending down to be at eye level with a group of preschoolers can also lead to back injuries. Remember to check your posture and to take frequent breaks. Stretch often, and listen to your body. If it starts feeling mild, moderate, or major pain, you will want to address the problem as soon as possible.
What Are the Main Causes of Workplace Back Injuries?
The three main causes of back problems are force, repetition, and inactivity. Exerting excessive force on the back (moving and lifting heavy objects) can lead to immediate pain, but it can also grow in severity over time. Repetitive movements like rotating and twisting the spine over and over again can also cause injuries. Inactivity can make back problems develop in people who sit all day, especially if they have inadequate back support and/or bad posture.
Being in poor health can also contribute to back problems and lengthen injury recovery time. Maintaining a healthy weight minimizes back stress and can be achieved with a healthier diet and regular exercise. Stretching is also important, especially as you get older.
Delaware County Work Injury Lawyer at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello Can Help With Your Claim
Our Delaware County work injury lawyer at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello can help you with your workplace back injury case. For a free consultation, complete our online form or call us at (610) 892-4940. Located in Media, Pennsylvania, we serve clients in Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Lancaster, Montgomery County, Norristown, Philadelphia, Reading, and West Chester.