Back injuries are very common among humans. However, many of the worst back injuries don't just happen, they evolve over time. People actually can help prevent many of the injuries plaguing their back. In fact, prevention is a much better idea than having to treat a problem once it has bee exacerbated.
Exercise is certainly an important part of the equation. Depending on the tasks you perform daily at work and at home, it is important to get in at least 20-30 minutes of exercise a day. This is especially important if you work sitting down for much of the week. Muscles begin to weaken and over time it will become more difficult for you to get around. Additionally, with weakening muscles, risks of back and other injuries are also increased.
Another thing to consider about exercise and your health is your weight. If you are overweight, you have additional pressure on your back and joints. This can also cause weakening of the muscles leaving you more susceptible to injury, especially on the job. Check in with your family physician about your weight and start eating better. You'll help prevent injuries and in general will also start feeling better as a result of a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Back problems can become chronic. When you begin to feel the pain, the damage has already been done. The effects of a back injury can put you put of work for many months, especially if your injuries dictate the need for surgeries. Being out of work with a back injury may also limit what you can do once you are ready to return to work.
If you have begun to experience back pain while on the job, it is important to consult with your physician as soon as possible. If you suspect the injury was related to your current job, you should contact our office toll free at 855-614-4351 to schedule an appointment. You can also use our online contact form.