Neck or Back Injury
Neck and back injuries are very common types of injury in office and work settings. Because necks and backs are easy to tweak, these types of injuries are very common. Our necks and backs are affected by everything we do. When we stand, sit, twist or turn, our back and necks are having strain put on them. Usually our bodies can handle this strain and shrug it off, but if excess strain is happening, it can result in unwanted injury.
Because many jobs out there require people to sit and look at a computer, sometimes for hours on end, it is very possible that strain is constantly being put on ones neck and back. Thanks to incorrect positioning of monitors or just from simply being in one position for too long, working at a desk can become a source of neck and back strain. If you notice that you are feeling pain in your neck or back, see if you can adjust your monitor or workspace to help alleviate stressing. If this doesn’t help, seek further treatment.
Lifting Heavy Objects
Lifting heavy objects is a staple of most jobs. At some point, even if you have a desk job, you will, undoubtedly, be asked to pick something up and move it from one point to another. Because you want to help out, and probably think it’s not a big deal, we are sure you’ll say yes. And, while this may not seem like a big deal, if you are lifting and moving object incorrectly, it can lead to permanent back injury. Always lift with your knees; squatting low enough to pick up the item so that the weight isn’t pulling down on your back.
While people may not realize it, sitting in the wrong position, for extended periods of time, can be incredible damaging to ones back and neck. Because most people do not have great posture, and aren’t even aware that they’re sitting incorrectly, they are putting themselves at risk for future pain and suffering. If you notice that your back is getting sore throughout the day, try and adjust your chair so that pressure is taken off of your lower back. Beyond this, it is also a good idea to stand up and take short walks when you can.
Difficulty With These Claims
Because back and neck injuries are not commonly caused by something like falling or slipping (although they certainly can be), it’s hard to prove that they are happening as a result of a work related issue. A lot of the times, jobs will deny that back and neck problems are a result of work, because no impact injury happened to you. For this reason, it is imperative that, if you start to feel any sort of discomfort, pain or tweaking in your neck and back, you report it immediately to your supervisor. This report creates a paper trail that we can use to pinpoint your injury and help you out.