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October 23, 2017

Sitting Induced Back Pain – The Dangers and Possible Solutions

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Posted in Wisconsin Workers Compensation Related News

Excessive sitting at work has proven to be hazardous to the health and well-being of employees. Sitting induced back injuries and conditions can be directly related to long term sitting. If you have back pain as a result of prolonged sitting at work – you may be entitled to workers’ compensation as a means of covering any necessary medical treatment.

A survey produced by Ergotron, an international manufacturer of furniture, digital display mounting, and mobility products such as sit-stand desks, discovered that employees of companies with 1000 or more workers spend an average of 28 hours a week sitting.

The Dangers Of Prolonged Sitting

Unfortunately, extended periods of sitting can be dangerous. A study by Dr. Kieth Diaz, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, revealed that workers who sit for long periods of time uninterrupted had shorter life spans. Even more surprising, the workers who exercised yet still remained sedentary at work still exhibited shorter life spans than those who did not sit for such long continuous segments of time.

This amount of sitting has proven to be hazardous in the long term for individuals. It is also related to lower back pain. Chiropractors are very well versed in treating this sort of pain. In fact, lower back pain is one of the most common issues chiropractors address. Chiropractors often treat back pain by adjusting the alignment of the spine. This may be accomplished through contorting a patient’s body in such a way that the chiropractor can place pressure on various body parts to straighten out spine; this is often accompanied with “cracking” sounds.

What You Can Do

Although it is recommended you see a doctor if you are suffering back pain, there are a couple other methods you can utilize throughout your day to possibly prevent sitting induced back pain:

  1. Do not sit for excessive periods of time. Dr. Diaz’s study suggested not to sit for over 60-90 minutes without a short standing or walking break. It’s easy to lose track of time when working intensely on a project, so try keeping a full water bottle by your desk. Constantly drink throughout the work day and nature’s call will remind you to get up and use the restroom intermittently – breaking up your time seated. Plus it will help keep your body hydrated, a vital component to healthy living.
  2. Exercise. Although Dr. Diaz’s study showed that even with exercise, prolonged sitting is dangerous. But assuming you heed advice number 1, additional exercise can strengthen your lower back and help alleviate any back pain completely. Also, the increase in muscle strength may prove better for your posture, overall health, and appearance.
  3. Don’t sit. There are many companies manufacturing standing desks. Although some may find them difficult to work with, it is a possible solution worth exploring.

Contact A Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Even though these free options may be helpful, it also may be beneficial to visit your doctor for professional assistance and a spinal alignment. Contact a workers’ compensation lawyer in Mailwaukee WI to determine if the medical bills are covered under workers’ compensation laws.  They will be able to walk you through your options.

Contact Hickey & Turim, S.C. for a free consultation either by phone at 262-797-6677 or by filling out a quick and free case evaluation form here.

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