You don’t have to work at an overly physical job in Minnesota to get recurrent back pain. Many different occupations have several factors that can cause workplace injuries. Even though your work situation may be the primary factor resulting in back pain, you can do several things to help avoid it.
Common causes of back pain
Three primary factors cause back pain at work that can result in workers’ compensation claims. These are:
- Force, including lifting or moving heavy objects
- Repetition, such as twisting or moving your spine many times throughout the day
- Inactivity, especially if you sit all day, have poor posture or use an unsupportive chair
Lifestyle factors can also contribute to back pain. Age, being overweight and poor physical condition can make back pain worse. Maintaining a healthy weight through aerobic exercise several times a week combined with strength training can strengthen core muscles and alleviate or even help prevent back pain.
Workers can also take steps during the day to help minimize injuries. Pay attention to your posture, whether sitting or standing and avoid slouching. Use proper technique, including bending your knees when lifting or moving objects, to prevent stress on the lower back. Modify repetitive tasks by alternative them with work that doesn’t require the same movement. Most of all, take breaks when you feel tired.
Qualifying for Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Sometimes, employees think that if they have back pain at home when doing specific tasks, they won’t qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. However, any injury caused, aggravated or accelerated by work tasks qualifies. Injuries involving the back often tend to develop slowly over time, so the connection to work may not be readily apparent.
If you believe your back pain results from your job, see your doctor for a comprehensive examination. Ensure that you get medical documentation that indicates that your job is the cause of the injury. Properly notifying your employer and providing essential documents proving your claim is necessary to get workers’ compensation benefits. You can always appeal and provide additional information if your claim is initially denied.