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What you should know about back injuries

It is natural to make plans for the things you want to do when you get off work in Bergen. However, a workplace injury could upset more than one evening’s activities, especially if your back is affected. At Parisi & Gerlanc, our team often answers questions about spinal injuries for those who have been hurt on the job.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that more than 600,000 workers are affected by back disorders every year, whether from a trauma or a series of repeated motions that put strain on the discs, vertebrae, muscles or ligaments. Even though your back injury is not likely to be fatal, they are among the top reasons for work-related disabilities.

Lifting is one of the major hazards to your spine. Your employer should adjust any material handling duties so that you are not lifting too much weight at one time or having to move heavy items in awkward positions. Whenever possible, you should avoid reaching, twisting or bending while lifting. You also should not have to maintain a poor posture in order to do your job.

If you notice that your back hurts when you stand or straighten, or you begin to have difficulty getting around, it could be the result of your job even though you cannot pinpoint the moment when the issues started. You should speak to your employer so he or she can work with you to determine if some aspect of your job duties is causing the problem or making it worse. More information about on-the-job injuries and pre-existing conditions is available on our web page. 

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