One of the most common injuries in the workplace, totaling nearly 20 percent of all work-place injuries, is the back injury. In fact, almost 1 million workers have suffered from a back-related injury in their place of work.
The most common back injuries experienced in the workplace are strains, sprains and herniated disks. Strains and sprains are often confused, although the two are very different. A strain is caused by overuse or overstretching of muscles in the back, while a sprain is due to torn ligaments in the back. Herniated disks, notoriously painful, are caused by a loss of the spine’s cushioning ability.
Most back injuries are a result of incorrect lifting, carrying and moving; however, being overweight and out of shape can greatly increase the chances an employee will suffer a back-related injury. Many companies take the time to create fitness and diet initiatives for employees. Competitions such as “the biggest loser” are great ways to create a positive, healthy environment for employees. Some companies also offer discounted gym memberships to encourage employees to exercise and build strength in their back, reducing the risk of injury. By investing in your employees, you minimize the chances of an employee injury.
If you have employees who have already suffered a back injury and need to find medical care, contact CareNow. At CareNow, we partner with companies to provide customized care for employees. You will be one step closer to providing your employees with a comprehensive range of occupational medicine services.
CareNow can set up an occupational medicine plan customized to meet your unique corporate needs. You simply fill out your preferences for occupational medicine protocol, and we put that information into practice, enabling us to partner with you in meeting your employees occupational healthcare needs.
Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.