Spinal pain, which can involve back pain and/or neck pain, may be caused by everything from trauma to inactivity to repetitive-motion injury. People who work in the fields of medicine, construction, factory, retail, landscaping, driving, farming, or even desk jobs are all at risk of developing an aching back and neck.
Although your job may be causing your spinal pain in the first place, it can ironically interfere with your productivity. Let’s talk about how back pain can develop in the workplace, and where you can go for an evaluation and treatment that finally provides long-term relief.
Indicators of Back Pain
Spinal pain may involve:
- Sharp, dull, or numbing pain in the back, either in one spot or all over the back area
- Tingling sensation or numbness in the leg and knee areas
- Stiffness of the spine (from neck to tailbone)
- Stabbing pain from the lower back down to the toes
- Arm numbness and shoulder pain
- Consistent ache in the back after prolonged standing or sitting
Related warning signs that warrant medical attention include:
- Loss of bladder and/or bowel control
- Unsteadiness or weakness in the legs
- Unexpected weight loss
- Numbness in the groin or pelvic area
Causes of Spinal Pain at Work
Back pain is one of the leading causes of work absenteeism worldwide. There are many factors that might cause your back pain while on the job, including the following:
- Lifting or moving heavy loads
- Manipulating objects while in an awkward physical position
- Doing repetitive tasks, such as typing, packing, arranging, cooking, manufacturing, or playing music or sports
- Inactivity, or maintaining one position for a long time
- Poor posture while standing or sitting at work
- Poor ergonomics in the workplace
In many professions, the job requirements involve stress on the back and neck. This is why it is so important to take breaks and stretch. Maintaining a healthy weight and getting regular exercise can also help to minimize spinal pain.
Complications of Spinal Pain in the Workplace
Ignoring the signs of spinal pain can lead to health problems, causing disability and possibly job loss. It can result in nerve damage, which can lead to weakness or numbness in the back and lower limbs. Plus, back pain or neck pain can also interfere with your sleep. All of this contributes to lower job productivity.
Spine Doctor in Rochester Hills, Bad Axe, and Royal Oak, MI
A skilled back doctor can evaluate your workplace environment based on your explanation of what is involved in your profession, and then conduct an evaluation of your back pain or neck pain. The physician will then explain all of your treatment options for long-term relief from your spinal pain.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bradley Ahlgren, contact our friendly staff today by calling us at (248) 215-8080 or by completing our easy-to-use online form now. We look forward to serving you!