Lower Back Pain and the workplace
One of the most common concerns among workers across all industries is lower back pain. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), more than one in four adults report experiencing lower back pain. That pain can increase over time and work intensity, for instance construction workers are more likely to experience lower back pain and older workers report having more pain than younger workers.
Of all the reports of lower back pain in NIOSH’s study, 20% of the respondents were told by a doctor that their pain was work-related. NIOSH goes on to say that the number is probably low because many do not report their pain to a healthcare professional. The study goes on to say, “If work factors are not considered, occasional low back pain can develop into a more serious problem. Physical job demands, poor supervisory support and job dissatisfaction may contribute to back pain, and an early diagnosis and intervention can be key to a full recovery.” What’s more, 6%-10% of the people in the study reported changing jobs, stopping work, or making major life changes in response to their back pain.
NIOSH has several resources that can help with lower back pain in the workplace, arranged by industry.
Injuries of this nature if seen early by a physician who practices occupational medicine can help to heal someone who has lower back pain and protect him or her from further injury or aggravation.
If you have concerns about lower back pain with yourself or someone on your team, remember that occupational medicine focuses on workplace safety in all workplaces. From physical exams to ideas that help establish a culture of safety, Jet Medical Center’s staff of physicians can help provide services to your team at our office or your work site. Call, click, or message us today to put our expertise to work for you and your business.
Who is Jet Medical Center®?
Jet Medical Center® is a leading provider of occupational medicine services in the Tallahassee area. We develop, with our client partners, a customized healthcare plan to fit your company’s needs today and into the future.
Our experienced staff of clinicians provides excellent medical care and understands the Worker’s Compensation system and its impact on your company’s financial health. Your employees will have less downtime with less complications reducing overall medical costs.