Is Your Job Destroying Your Back?

Working and the wear and tear of your body is normal in everyday living. But when your job is adding to the stress on your body, it can become unbearable. Professions from factory workers to fire fighters to construction workers all have important roles in our society, often at the price of their backs. When the pain is too much or debilitating, wages can be lost and the effect of the injuries can go so far as to hurt businesses and the economy.

Close to a million cases of back pain related injuries that lead to missing work occur on a yearly basis. Studies showing people miss at least 3 days of work for these type of accidents are common for people ages 15-24 and 60 plus years old. Factors that add to the injuries and the likelihood of serious issues include

  • heavy physical work,
  • lifting movements,
  • bending and twisting postures,
  • whole body vibration,
  • standing, and
  • sitting.

Jobs that require a lot out of your body, and especially your back, may seem obvious but the injuries don't seem preventable. Construction workers have one of the top back injuring jobs because they spend a lot of time doing repetitive movements that create injuries by overusing the back. Anything from a simple strain to serious injuries from a fall can be disabling or even life-threatening.

The next most back injury laden jobs are nursing home workers and nurses. Moving patients accounts for 80% of injuries by lifting, carrying, holding, pulling, pushing, and turning the elderly population.  Other jobs that cause injuries are warehouse workers, dentists, surgeons, landscapers, gardeners, cashiers, airline crews, assembly line workers, carpenters, electricians, farmers, emergency medical technicians and janitors to name a few.

Be proactive with your back health and try to keep it strong with stretches and rest. However, there are times when an injury occurs and it is to no fault of your own. If you are injured on the job you are entitled to compensation for your injury, loss of wages and time. Contact a personal injury attorney in the DuPage County today.

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