On average 40 million people suffer from low back pain the US. It is the leading cause of absenteeism at work second only to the common cold. Back pain puts a tremendous strain on the economy and is responsible for one-fourth of Workman’s Compensation claims.
Here are five things the Lehigh Valley Health Network suggests you can do to prevent recurring back pain:
- Stay active. The spine is designed for motion. In fact, movement is required for healthy disks – the shock absorbers between your spine’s vertebrae. Because disks have no blood supply, they get nutrients through movement. Staying active also lubricates joints and keeps muscles strong.
- Stay positive. If back pain hits, don’t get depressed and think you have to spend days in bed. Inactivity will only make it worse.
- Eat healthy. Stay away from processed, fatty foods. They cause inflammation in the body that can lead to pain. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are best for your back and overall health.
- See a chiropractor. If you have an underlying condition causing back pain, or if your lifestyle puts you at greater risk for recurring pain, a chiropractor can help.
- Bend, reach and lift properly. Put one foot forward to take weight off your back. When standing still, lean against a counter with your hips and thighs.
Jobs involving lifting aren’t the only culprits with back pain. More and more sedentary jobs are causing claims for in the work-place. Improper placement of computer monitors and poor chair ergonomics can also cause debilitating low back pain. Some companies are looking to ergonomic safety specialists to help make sure their workplace provides a safe work environment. If you have been injured at, it is important to report your injury to your employer immediately. Having workers compensation coverage can save you and your business from costly lawsuits and employee issues.